• Richard Easson

“Goodbye Newsom” is the New Chant Amid Nearly 2 Million Signatures on Recall Petition

Protestors gathered outside of the California State Capitol on Sunday after a recall petition that started last year gathered nearly 2 million signatures.

In a video posted by an independent reporter on Twitter, protestors could be heard chanting “goodbye Newsom” toward the end of the gathering.

During a media event at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento hotel across the street from the capitol building, RecallGavin2020 spokesperson Randy Economy said, "We would like to announce as of today we have 1,950,000 signatures. That is more than enough to have this special initiative qualify for a special election."

Although the announcement brings a sigh of relief to many who were wary about whether or not the petition would garner enough signatures in time, the signatures still need to be verified by the secretary of state’s office in order for the ballot to move forward.

The petition’s organizers have until March 17th to gather more signatures to hopefully offset any that may be deemed invalid.

If the recall is successful, it would be the first time since 2003 that a California governor was replaced by voters within their term. In 2003, Democrat Gray Davis was replaced by Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger. It would also be the third time in U.S. history that a governor was successfully recalled.

In response to the petition, a spokesperson for Governor Newsom told CBS News 13 Sacramento, "The Republican recall scheme is a transparently partisan attempt to install a Trump supporter as governor of a state that elected Newsom and rejected Trump in historic landslides."

A Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll found that Newsom’s approval ratings have plummeted since last September. The poll found that 46 percent of California voters approved of his handling of the pandemic as opposed to 59 percent in September.