A near record-high voter turnout in California’s historic recall election seemed like a good sign for recall supporters…until the first batch of results rolled in reporting a resounding victory for despised Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom.
The governor won his bid to remain in office after a landslide of voters voted “no” in the recall election on Tuesday. Whether those votes were legitimate or not is another story, but for now, Newsom is here to stay.
With an estimated 66 percent of ballots counted as of Wednesday morning, votes opposing the recall are overwhelmingly ahead by a 30-point margin, according to the Associated Press.
Such a wide margin statistically indicates there is no path to recovery for recall supporters who voted “yes” in favor of removing Newsom, despite votes in the remaining batches that have yet to be counted.
Larry Elder, the leading Republican candidate running against Newsom, conceded Tuesday night as Newsom declared victory.
Putting Californians who supported his recall on notice, Newsom said, “We said yes to science, we said yes to vaccines, we said yes to ending this pandemic,” in an ominous statement that could foreshadow more tyrannical restrictions and mandates.
But despite the announced outcome, many conservatives are not confident that Newsom legitimately won this election as many reports in the week leading up to election day indicated an abundance of concerning discrepancies.
Unresolved instances of possible voter fraud occurred in the California cities of Woodland Hills, Newport Beach, Torrance, and others, where ballots went missing and “ghost” votes were recorded.
KTLA reported that several residents in Woodland Hills were told upon arrival to the polls that they had already voted. Poll workers could not give an explanation of how this happened or who the votes were cast for.
These voters were given provisional ballots to ensure their true vote was counted as well. It is unknown whether the false votes cast under their names were counted. Similar instances occurred in Newport Beach.
Last month, a convicted felon was found in possession of hundreds of driver’s licenses and mail-in recall ballots. The city reportedly sent out new ballots to those whose votes were tampered with.
But in a state like California, where Democrat voters outnumber Republicans 2-1, anything is possible. Was the election decided by fraud? Or was there simply enough Democrat turnout to easily outweigh the recall effort?
As more information comes out in the days and weeks ahead, we may have a better answer to this question before the election is certified on Oct. 22.