California Gov. Gavin Newsom Survives Recall Election, Will Keep State Radically Pro-Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 15, 2021   |   8:23AM   |   Washington, DC

Governor Gavin Newsom has survived his recall election and will keep the state of California radically pro-abortion. Newsom won California’s recall election Tuesday, capitalizing on late momentum in the polls to win handily, amid some allegations of voting irregularities.

Approximately two-thirds of California voters voted to keep him in office. Of the approximately 33% voters who chose to recall him, nearly 43% selected conservative radio host Larry Elder as their preferred candidate among a large field of replacements vying to replace him.

California Democrats relied on the leftist nature of the state to secure victory:

As the recall grew closer and Elder surged to the top of the Republican field, Democrats again turned to the Senate; if Newsom were ousted, they warned, then any Republican would have the power to appoint a successor to 88-year-old Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the oldest senator in Congress, potentially costing them a majority and derailing President Joe Biden’s agenda.

Polls showed those supporting Newsom leading those wanting to recall him by just 0.2% as recently as Aug. 11, as COVID-19 cases again surged and wildfires continued to ravage the state. But as Elder became the race’s clear Republican frontrunner over candidates ranging from former San Diego Kevin Faulconer to Caitlyn Jenner, scandals and accusations soon followed.

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Newsom was aided by Biden, who campaigned alongside him Monday and compared Elder to former President Donald Trump, who is deeply unpopular in the state.

“This year, the leading Republican running for governor is the closest thing to a Trump clone that I have ever seen,” Biden said. “No, I really mean it. And he’s leading the other team.”

Concerns about voter fraud plagued the final days of the race.

Trump himself said Tuesday that Newsom “will probably win … because the California Election is totally Rigged,” and Elder on Monday urged his supporters to donate to an election fraud website.

“Statistical analyses … have detected fraud in California resulting in Governor Gavin Newsom being reinstated as governor,” the site read on Monday, one day before the first results were even tabulated.

Abortion activists fought fiercely to keep Newsom in power. Planned Parenthood, NARAL and a new pro-abortion group called Women Against the Recall are trying to motivate voters by warning them about what a pro-life governor could do, if elected to fill Newsom’s place.

Taxpayer funding to the abortion industry and the governor’s veto power over pro-abortion bills are among the abortion groups’ concerns, but the power of the narrowly Democrat-held U.S. Senate is another.

“The reality is if we have a Republican in the governor’s mansion and something, God forbid, were to happen to our sitting state senator, Dianne Feinstein, [who is 88] and we were to have a governor then appoint that position, it could be Georgia who helped us win the U.S. Senate and California somehow that helps us lose the U.S. Senate,” Shannon Olivieri Hovis, leader of NARAL Pro Choice California, told Politico.

Olivieri Hovis warned abortion activists not to take California’s pro-abortion Democrat political leanings for granted.

Pro-abortion groups worked to garner support for Newsom through phone calls and door-to-door canvassing, political ads and events with the governor and his supporters, according to the report. Already, they have spent tens of thousands of dollars to support Newsom, according to Politico, and they likely will spend much more before the election ends.

Jodi Hicks, president of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, was worried that Californians who support abortion just aren’t motivated.

“As much as people in California support these rights, you can see by the polls that we’ve become a little complacent about what that actually means,” Hicks said during an online event Wednesday with the governor.

Newsom particularly seemed worried about conservative radio host Larry Elder who “doesn’t believe in” Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that forces states to legalize the killing of unborn babies for any reason up to viability.

Though the California legislature is controlled by pro-abortion Democrats, a pro-life Republican governor still could make a huge difference for life in the state. As Politico noted, “a governor could still cut state funding to clinics that provide abortion, or veto legislative proposals to expand access, said Laurie Sobel, an attorney and associate director of women’s health policy for the Kaiser Family Foundation.”

Newsom has been a close ally of the abortion industry. He angered voters on both sides of the aisle, however, after issuing strict lock-down orders during the coronavirus pandemic and later was caught breaking them.

During his first year as governor, Newsom doubled state taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups, FOX 40 reports.

He also signed a law forcing public colleges to provide abortions for free on campus – something even his pro-abortion predecessor Gov. Jerry Brown thought was too radical.

And when other states began passing a record number of pro-life laws to protect unborn babies, Newsom issued a proclamation welcoming women to come to California for abortions.