California recall election results LIVE: Gavin Newsom fends off recall vote saying state voted YES to ‘beating pandemic’

California recall election results LIVE: Gavin Newsom fends off recall vote saying state voted YES to ‘beating pandemic’

GAVIN Newsom will remain governor of California as his GOP rival Larry Elder conceded defeat following Tuesday’s recall election.

With around 66 percent of the votes counted, projections show that the “No” campaign will win the election.

Gov Newsom told Democrats in Sacramento that Californians had “rejected cynicism and bigotry and chose hope and progress”.

He said that voters had said “yes” to science, vaccines, and ending the Covid pandemic.

Meanwhile, radio host Elder told his supporters to be “gracious” in defeat.

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