In the end, it was I'm not even closing . Governor of California Gavin Newsom crushed the effort to call him back , winning him - even the second half of his first term and a major term for how he sought to lead the state through the Covid-19 pandemic. I sifted through the results and found a few - some of the biggest hits - and failures - of the campaign that was. They are below. Calls * Gavin Newsom : Yes, the reminder only You probably participated in the ballot because of an error self-induced by Newsom: Being photographed , unmasked, at a posh restaurant in Northern California even as he imposed strict Covid-19 measures throughout the state. And, yes, he probably would have liked to avoidcompletely all recall combat. But, there is also no doubt that such a convincing victory - and the national attention the race has attracted - gives Newsom a boost both for the remainder of his tenure and for his near candidacy. certain for a second term. Do not forget this either: the national office remains very present in the minds of Newsom. And this recall fight only helped his profile in the world of activists and donors.Read more * Larry Elder : Ask yourself the following question: have you ever heard of Larry Elder before this recall campaign? Yeah I thought so. While Newsom's convincing victory on the recall issue made the replace question on the ballot unnecessary, it is worth noting - like NBC's Alex Seitz-Wald - this elder ended up getting almost 47% of the votes among nearly four dozen Candidates running Newsom. This is way above what the polls had done - usually in their twenties - and suggests that the Trumpist base of the party has turned out for Elder. All of this means Elder has a future in GOP politics in the state in the future. (The LA Times suggested it had become the putative leader of the State Republican Party. ) Al whose one is a victory MAJOR for Elder.