In the beginning, the effort to force California Governor Gavin Newsom into a recall vote looked like some sort of quixotic plan in his deep blue state. But as the pandemic grinds on and Newsom’s shortcomings have been exposed, it’s begun seeming more realistic. Now there are still five weeks to go before the deadline and the organizers of one of the two campaigns driving the effort are telling Fox News that the finish line is in sight. They’ve gathered more than 1.4 million signatures of the nearly 1.5 million required. Can they reach their goal in time?
With just over a month to go, the campaign to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom has nearly reached the required number of signatures needed to qualify for a statewide ballot.
As of Sunday, Recall Gavin 2020 – one of two committees organizing the effort – says petitioners have gathered more than 1.4 million signatures out of the necessary 1,495,709.
The campaign will need to gather signatures well above the number to compensate for the signatures that will inevitably be invalidated. Their deadline is March 17.
As noted, a certain number of the signatures will eventually be invalidated when challenged, so the two groups will need considerably more than the minimum. Spokespeople for the groups agree that they’re shooting for two million, but 1.8 million should still get them over the finish line.