Democratic Governor of California Gavin Newsom delivered a decisive answer tothe question of whether voters would penalize those who have adopted strict policies aimed at slowing the coronavirus pandemic, triumphing over an effort to recall it on Tuesday. Newsom faced California's first recall election in 18 years. At one point, weeks before the election, he seemed threatened enough that Democrats decided to send President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to campaign for him. Republicans sought a rerun of 2003, when actor Arnold Schwarzenegger drew support across ideological lines and voters decided to start the government then. Gray Davis. This time, however, the party's main candidate, radio host Larry Elder, has remained much closer to conservative orthodoxy, making it difficult to attract theThe kind of broad bipartisan support it takes for a GOP candidate to gain depth. California blue. And its long history of inflammatory comments - combined with the odd callback system that practically guaranteed Elder would become governor if Newsom was recalled - to energize those who largely ignored the elections and who might not have voted. Here are five takeaways from the California recall election: Learn more Strict pandemic policy wins great success Newsom 's aggressive actions to slow the spread of the coronavirus - the same restrictions that helped boost recall elections - received a significant boost on Tuesday night, proving Democrats across the country that a strict pandemic policy can be a good policy. Newsom waved at cela in his remarks to reporters on election night, stating that even though people voted no that voting meant they were saying, yes to science, yes to vaccines ... yes to end of this pandemic. This, more than any lesson from California, is most likely to permeate further elections later this year and into 2022 - helping Democrats who pushed Strict coronavirus measures to curb the continued spread of the Del ta variant in the face of small but vocal opposition. Newsom has staked his campaign on his strict Covid measures, using them to attack Elder as lax on the pandemic, contrasting with Republican Governors of Texas and Florida and fully functioning alongside the new vaccine requirements Biden has announced just days before election day. We saw the delta surge as a real moment of ithinking in this campaign said Sean Clegg, Newsom's top strategist. What Delta has made clear and clear is what is at stake in this election when a party is fundamentally become an anti-science, anti-vaccine and anti-public health party. A Newsom vs Elder 2022 race? In the same breath he acknowledged Newsom's defeat during the recall on stage Tuesday night Elder hinted at another race next year, during the California Governor's normally scheduled race. We may have lost the battle, but we will win the war, said Elder. This could be a headache for Republicans in California. The party had other options - including former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer - who could have been less objectionable to moderate and Democratic voters. But state conservatives have rallied around Elder, the radio host with a long list ofinflammatory comments that Newsom has taken over. His campaign presented the race as a choice between two candidates, one of whom was very out of step with California's overwhelming Democratic majority, rather than a simple up or down referendum on the governor. Nonetheless, Elder, who if elected would be California's first black governor, galvanized conservatives into a state where Republicans are nearly powerless. He could be an important voice in the GOP in the upcoming midterm elections. As a former radio host, let's just say this: stay tuned Elder said on Tuesday night. . Lessons from California Are Limited Many of the lessons Democrats across the country can learn from the recall's defeat are far less definitive - complicated both by the fact that this state, with its advantage almost 2-1 inion for Democrats, bears little resemblance to most key races in 2022 and whichrecall elections by nature create unique electoral conditions. Newsom advisers were quick to assert that National Democrats would be wise to follow their lead - urging them to tie their opponents to Trump, as the governor has done, and nationalize the races to raise the stakes. Larry Elder is on the ballot here on the recall, but a version of Larry Elder is going to be on the ballot across the country, said Juan Rodriguez, Newsom's campaign manager. And that 's an important lesson for Democrats and how they are addressing the message we made. Democrats tasked with winning key races in 2021 and 2022 were less certain that California had provided them with a roadmap, given the unique political makeup of the state. It is very difficult to see any real deductions that could be made from the California results, a democ said.prominent misses in Virginia, where Terry McAuliffe is currently running for a second term as governor, keep some of the broader message points regarding Covid's response and the Republican brand. No discussion on Elder fraud California looked set to become latest addition to former President Donald Trump 's big lie , with Republicans showing signs of denial of the reality of the outcome of the recall election. Elder had warned of shenanigans in the voting process. His campaign had launched a website for those who encountered voting problems or saw evidence of fraud for submit affidavits. And on stage Tuesday night, before Elder 's intervention, speakers questioned the legitimacy of the electoral process. Some TV stations say this is coming to an end - it is also the case early. It is far too early. They comet count the postal ballots. Gov. Abel Maldonado said. Instead, it seems the gossip about voter fraud was simply a way to energize Tory voters who bought into Trump's lies. Elder appeared to end this conversation on stage. He made no mention of electoral fraud. And he interrupted the supporters who were booing Newsom. Let us be benevolent in the defeat he said. Huge cost of recall calls for reform The price tag for the California recall election was $ 276 million, according to the State Department of Finance. account, the state's strange laws allowed an election that was not close to taking place, at enormous cost, just 14 months before Newsom was on the ballot for his vote anyway. re-election. Along the way, this has sparked calls to reform the recall process - which can besparked by a petition signed by 12% of voters in the last state governor election, for whatever reason. A $ 276 million wasted just to reaffirm the 2018 results with elections to come in 2022 California President of the Assembly Kevin Mullin tweeted on Twitter on Tuesday evening. Mullin said reforms should include elevation of lieutenant governor to head of state executive if a governor is successfully removed from office, rather than letting voters choose a replacement on the same ballot. Newsom's campaign urged voters to vote no on whether to recall him, and then leave the second question - which should replace it if he were to be recalled - blank. This strategy emerged as problematic when polls showed a close race without a viable Democratic candidate if Newsom was recalled. But it ultimately helped Newsom's campaign turn the contest into a one-on-one with Elder.