A large majority of Bay Area residents voted against the recall on Tuesday, and we cast 27% of the total “No” votes in the state, and it counts.
According to SFist’s tally, just over 2 million Bay Area residents voted on the recall, at the last tally, and 1.6 million “no” votes. Across the region, the tally was 78% against and 22% for Governor Gavin Newsom’s recall.
In San Francisco, it was an even wider margin against – 86.7%, against 13.3% by voting “Yes”. In addition, a large majority of SF voters left the replacement question blank on their ballots – only about 95,000, or 36% of the city’s 267,000 votes counted to date had votes for the replacements. , and the candidate with a plurality was YouTuber Kevin Paffrath, a Democrat. In fact, San Francisco was the only county in the state where Larry Elder did not take a plurality of votes on the second ballot question.
Solano County was the only Bay Area county to have more than 30% of voters voting in favor of the recall, but turnout in the county also appears to be low. So far, only 45% of registered voters in Solano County have had their ballots counted, compared to 53% in San Francisco.
And there are a sizable number of Larry Elder supporters scattered around our area. Elder won 166,000 votes and is counted between the counties of Contra Costa, Solano and Santa Clara alone.
Still, the Bay Area has shown no sign of becoming a Republican anytime soon, and the region’s 2,060,000 votes represent 22% of the total votes cast in the state.
Los Angeles County also largely sided with the “no” side, with 1.6 million people voting against the recall and 658,000 voting “yes”.
And even in the sometimes conservative San Diego County, where the turnout was around 44%, only 41% of voters voted “yes”.
Orange County, heavily populated and heavily republican, has always obtained a “No” majority, but it was tighter: 464,000 “No” votes against 418,000 “Yes” votes. This proves the growing “purple” nature of the county, where Democrat Katie Porter creaked in Congress in 2018.
And even in the Republican stronghold of Fresno County, the recall was a squeal, with 90,181 “Yes” votes and 89,502 “No” votes.
Either way, Gavin is seated well and can now put this mess behind him. And you can bet we’ll spend the next few months hearing about the legislature reforming the recall process so that it doesn’t happen again.
Top image: California Governor Gavin Newsom waves to supporters as he arrives at a “Vote No” exit from the campaign stop at Mission Language and Vocational School on September 7, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)