The coronavirus pandemic helped propel the attempt to recall Governor Gavin Newsom to the polls in California, and his management on Tuesday pandemic was a primary issue as around two-thirds of voters decided he should stay in office.
In the most populous state of the country, voters interviewed by Hfr journalistsance.fr outside the polling stations cited Mr Newsom's restrictions and support in the event of a pandemic f or vaccination mandates as key factors in whether they voted to oust him or keep it. The recall served as a sneak peek into next year's nationwide midterm elections, with voters heavily rammed along partisan lines on issues such as masks, lockdowns and vaccinations mandatory.
In San Francisco, Jose Orbeta said he voted to keep Mr. Newsom, a Democrat, in power, calling the recall "waste of time ".
"This is power seized by the GOP," said Orbeta, a 50-year-old employee of the Department of Public Health. He said Mr Newsom had done a "decent job" in leading California through the pandemic despite his "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, a Republican who runs a event company with his wife, said he was furious at Mr Newsom's pandemic restrictions and support for vaccination mandates. He pointed to examples of his friends leaving for others States, like Arizona, Nevada, and Texas.
"This train from here is really long, and we could on it too", Mr. Zenon said, just after voting for Larry Elder , the Republican talk radio host who ran the Challengers estate in hopes of taking on Mr. Newsom's job.
"The rules this governor set put many businesses 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 is just not possible. Something to change. "
Some voters in an increasingly politically active circumion of Chinese Americans supported the 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, including many are now US citizens, have prospered for years.
"We really don 't like the situation in California " said Fenglan Liu, 53-year-old, who immigrated to the United States from mainland China 21 years ago and helped mobilize willaires in the San Gabriel Valley.
"No place is safe; crime is terrible. Newsom must go. It 's failed management , not the pandemic. "
In the affluent Orange County suburb of Ladera Ranch, Candice Carvalho, 42, voted against the recall because she said: "I thought I was important to show that Orange County isn't all Republicans.
She expressed her frustration that the recall received so much attention at a critical moment in the pandemic.
" It was a waste of 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 electoral lawsStates , she said it seemed "a little too easy" to get the recall attempt on the ballot.