California

While good for Elder, Tuesday’s election suggests it’s even better for Newsom.

Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks to the press on Wednesday, one day after defeating a Republican-led recall effort. | Nick Otto/AP Photo

By JEREMY B. WHITE and DAVID SIDERS

09/15/2021 09:08 PM EDT

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SACRAMENTO — In the end, California’s recall amounted to a $276 million exercise that dealt state Republicans a blow heading into next year’s elections.

Gov. Gavin Newsom resoundingly defeated the recall attempt Tuesday night by a margin wider than thought possible a month ago, landing on a winning message that energized his base while he laid the groundwork for 2022 voter outreach in battleground areas as he is up for reelection.

Republicans must quickly regroup and assess their chances at defeating a newly emboldened Newsom at the same time they strategize to score wins in congressional and downballot races.

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