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California sets date for recall election targeting Newsom

California Recall
Posted at 2:59 PM, Jul 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-01 18:31:57-04

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California has scheduled a Sept. 14 recall election that threatens to oust Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom from office.

The date was set by the state's lieutenant governor after election officials certified that enough valid petition signatures had been turned in to qualify the election for the ballot.

According to the Associated Press, the recall is a "result of a political uprising driven by widespread angst over coronavirus orders that shuttered schools and businesses."

Republicans haven't won a statewide race since 2006, the AP reported.

The election in the nation's most populous state will be a marquee contest with national implications, watched closely as a barometer of the public mood heading toward the 2022 elections when a closely divided Congress again will be in play.