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California votes on recalling Democratic governor

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Los Angeles (AFP) – California voters were deciding Tuesday whether to oust their Democratic governor, in a recall spurred by Republicans angered by mask mandates and Covid-19 lockdowns. Gavin Newsom, who was elected by a landslide in November 2018, is widely expected to survive the quirky recall election, fending off a field of 46 challengers. Newsom’s main opponent is Larry Elder, 69, a right-wing talk radio star, who has openly supported ex-president Donald Trump. Before polls even closed, Elder took a page out of Trump’s 2020 election playbook, launching a website alleging voter fraud and …

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