Organizers Reportedly Hit Numbers Required To Force Recall Vote For Gavin Newsom

The organizers behind efforts to recall California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that they have already reached the required number of signatures needed to force a recall election of the  Democratic governor.

“Newsom recall leader @tomdelbeccaro says his team now has over the needed 1.5 million signatures to force a recall election this year,” FOX 11 Los Angeles anchor Elex Michaelson wrote in a now-deleted tweet.

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He noted that those signatures have to be ‘officially verified’ so organizers are hoping to get two million signatures by mid-March so they have extras.”

As the media picked up his reporting, FOX 11’s Michaelson modified his post and said the group has actually “NOT hit the 1.5 million signatures needed to force a recall…YET.”

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Efforts to oust the Democratic governor intensified amid backlash due to his handling of the coronavirus pandemic in the state. California now tops the US in terms of both COVID-19 cases and related deaths, surpassing New York as the state with the most deaths from the pandemic.

“To clarify an earlier (now deleted) tweet: @EconomyRadio, spokesperson for the Recall campaign of Gavin Newsom, tells me they have NOT hit the 1.5 million signatures needed to force a recall…YET.”“They have an announcement planned for Fri. night to disclose their current .”

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Separately, the Fox host said “Tom Del Becarro, chair of the Rescue California PAC (a major recall supporter), said they HAVE reached the 1.5 million vote threshold, but wants to get to 1.9 million signatures by the end of March.”

“Tom Del Becarro, chair of the Rescue California PAC (a major recall supporter), said they HAVE reached the 1.5 million vote threshold, but wants to get to 1.9 million signatures by the end of March,”  Michaelson added. “Economy disputes that figure & says he’s the sole spokesman for the campaign,” he added.

“Signature update just now received from @TomDelBecarro, chair of http://RescueCalifornia.org,  the lead committee  supporting @GavinNewsom recall: “We are above 1.5 million. The march to 2 million  is on.” Still must be verified, but recall qualifies with 1.4 million valid signatures.”

Reports noted that Newsom’s approval rating has dropped from 64% in September 2020 to just 46% in late January.

“The Hill reported that while getting a recall measure on the ballot may be possible, experts have cautioned it is likely to be much more difficult to actually recall Newsom in the heavily Democratic state.”

Meanwhile, Newsom claimed that “he is focused every single day on getting businesses open, our schools reopened, increasing the rate of vaccinations.

“We’re committed and resolved to doing that in every part of this state. I don’t care if you’re Democrat or Republican. I care that you’re healthy and safe. And you can live your lives out loud without fear of a pandemic, and without fear of having to go back into the fits and starts this pandemic has impacted in terms of communities all across this state,” he said in a speech.

Meanwhile, during that press conference Newsom was repeatedly interrupted by chants and heckling calling for Newsom to be recalled.

In November 2020, the California Governor came under fire for violating his own coronavirus restrictions when he was caught attending a friend’s birthday at one of California’s most exclusive restaurants.

Steeve Strange

Steeve is the CEO & Co-Founder of The Scoop.

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