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A leader in the ongoing effort to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom said they have amassed the 1.5 million signatures needed to qualify for a statewide vote.
In a tweet late Wednesday evening, Thomas del Beccaro, a chair of the recall effort, revealed that their petition had collected “over” the 1.5 million signatures necessary, but that their work to get the matter on the ballot was far from over.
“To ensure qualification we need 1.9 million [signatures],” Beccaro wrote on the social media platform, as many signatures could be found to be ineligible and removed.
Newsom, a Democrat, is not up for re-election until 2022.
In the past year, he has seen his approval rating plummet in response to the stringent restrictions he placed on businesses and the state’s closing of schools, neither of which played a strong role in actually stopping the spread of coronavirus in the state.
Things became worse for the state’s Democratic leader when he was caught violating his own coronavirus rules at a mask-less dinner party at posh Napa Valley eatery French Laundry in November.
Those pushing to recall Newsom have until March 17 to collect 1,495,709 signatures needed to trigger a special election, which would take place later this year.
For his part, Newsom has declined to address the recall during public appearances or in interviews. He was even heckled during a press conference Wednesday by protesters shouting “recall Gavin,” but still declined to get into the matter.
As for Newsom’s standing politically, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday that President Biden does not support the effort and is standing by the governor.
A spokesperson for Newsom did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment on the recall.
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