LA Times Posthumous Appeal | Editorial columns

California Gov. Gavin Newsom survived his 2021 recall by 24 points, the same margin he won in 2018. But he spent more than $9 per voter to keep the job, compared to $6 per voter to win the job .

I ran in a recall election, finishing first among 46 “alternate” candidates with 3.5 million votes, carrying 57 of California’s 58 counties, losing only San Francisco County by 149 votes. In less than eight weeks, my team raised $22 million. Still, we were vastly outperformed by Newsom, who received endorsements from public sector unions, Hollywood executives, and entertainment and news media personalities, including the Los Angeles Times — one of whose writers called me “the black face of white supremacy.” The writer declined an invitation to come on my radio show and defend the slur.


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