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Pressure is mounting against California Gov. Gavin Newsom as the recall election passed 2 million signatures last week. Newsom admitted to making “mistakes” over the past year as COVID-19 swept the nation. 

But the governor says the recall election began before the pandemic and has less to do with his actions in the past year and more to do with a political power grab. 

“This thing got started before the pandemic…Look at the petition that’s out on the streets,” Newsom said.

He feels the recall election directly opposes his administration’s progressive agenda. 

“It’s about immigration. It’s about our health care policies. It’s about our criminal justice reform. It’s about the diversity of the state. It’s about our clean air, clean water programs, meeting our environmental strategies. So they were crystal clear what this is about,” he said.

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Prior to this week, Newsom has avoided the topic of the recall election almost altogether. But now, he is speaking out against what he calls the “republican recall.” 

In his state of the state address, Newsom seemed to call out recall petitioners. 

“So to the California critics, who are promoting partisan power grabs and outdated prejudices and rejecting everything that makes California great, we say this: We will not be distracted from getting shots in arms and our economy booming again,” the governor said.


Organizers of the RecallGavin2020 campaign reached their goal of 2 million signatures last week. The signatures will need to be verified in individual counties before a recall election is certified. 

The campaign has until March 17 to collect signatures, many of which are canvassed through petitioners outside restaurants and businesses. The signatures must be verified by April 29. 

Written ByAshley Grams

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