In San Francisco, Jose Orbeta said he voted to keep Mr. Newsom, a Democrat, in power, calling the recall a " waste of time ".
"This is power seized by the GOP," said Orbeta, a 50-year-old employee of the Ministry of Public Health. He said Mr. Newsom had done a "decent job" in leading California through the pandemic despite its "lack of judgment" in dinner at the French Laundry at the height of the epidemic.
In Yorba Linda, a conservative suburb of Orange County, Jose Zenon, aBlicain, who runs an event organization business with his wife, said he was enraged by Mr Newsom's pandemic restrictions and his support for vaccination mandates. He cited examples of his friends leaving for other states, such as Arizona, Nevada and Texas.
"This train starting from here is really long, and we could go up there too "said Mr Zenon, just after voting for Larry Elder , the Republican talk radio host who topped the challengers squad in the Hope to take on Mr. Newsom's post.
"The rules this governor set have put many companies in an impossible position - we were without income for 10 months. Here we live in a condo, we want to have a house, but it 's all simplent impossible. Something needs to change. "
Some voters in an increasingly politically active circumion of Chinese Americans supported the recall They blamed Mr Newsom for the increase in marijuana dispensaries, homelessness and crime that they say is ruining the cluster of towns east of Los Angeles where Chinese immigrants, many of them are now US citizens, have prospered for years.
"We really don 't like the situation in California " said Fenglan Liu, 53 years old, who immigrated to the United States from mainland China 21 years ago and helped mobilize volunteers in the San Gabriel Valley.
" No place is safe; the crime is terrible. Newsom has to go. This is failed management, not the pandemic.
In the affluent Orange County suburb ofLadera Ranch, Candice Carvalho, 42, voted against the recall because, she said: "I thought it was important to show that Orange County is not all Republicans. " "
a critical moment in the pandemic.
" It was a waste money and completely unnecessary, "she said. "And I'm a little shocked that we're focusing on that now. " While she admitted knowing little about the specifics of state election laws , she said it seemed "a little too easy" to get the recall attempt on the ballot.