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[–]ColdSuit 6989 points6990 points  (280 children)

Took 40 minutes for the election to be called. I spent more time in my commute this evening.

[–]i_punch_hipstersWashington 1689 points1690 points 2 (71 children)

But did your commute cost $300M in taxpayer dollars? Checkmate atheists

[–]sporkyspoony88California 2350 points2351 points 22 (153 children)

I've had longer poops

[–]Kirayama 1991 points1992 points  (119 children)

You should see a doctor.

[–]Fc2300 1345 points1346 points 2 (95 children)

To be honest if they are like me. The pooping stopped after 10 min. The rest is scrolling through Reddit and waking my legs up again.

[–]cLuckb 6035 points6036 points  (337 children)

Oh boy, I can't wait to see how conservatives try to explain how a Deep Blue state voting Blue must be the work of a rigged election.

[–]Vlad_the_Homeowner 2766 points2767 points  (215 children)

You don't have to wait, head over to Conservative.

[–]BDRParty 663 points664 points  (34 children)

Holy moly, the delusion is on another level, lol. First thing I saw was a meme made in response that apparently, homelessness, wild fires, blackouts, lockdowns and school closures are things that don't occur at all under Republicans.

[–]SpecterGT260 391 points392 points  (15 children)


[–]viimeinen 239 points240 points  (10 children)

That's not republicans' fault, the ilegal immigrants stole the heat!

[–]EatSleepJeepMinnesota[🍰] 102 points103 points  (5 children)

Them gotdamn wind turbans blew all the hot air away and hurt the solars panel, Gertrude!

[–]NutellaDeVil 2243 points2244 points  (122 children)

I’d rather eat a tube of horse paste

[–]BioweaponVaccine 1983 points1984 points  (85 children)

If you're looking for recommendations on horse paste might I suggest heading on over to r/conservative?

[–]skybluegill 673 points674 points  (38 children)

I'd rather fellate a narcissistic octogenarian.

[–]steelong 878 points879 points  (35 children)

Well I've got good news, you can also do that over at conservative!

[–]TheRnegade 352 points353 points  (29 children)

I'd rather die.

[–]viimeinen 615 points616 points  (24 children)

They have good advice on how to ignore doctors over there as well!

[–]Con_Dinn_West 441 points442 points  (18 children)

Dang, they have everything a dumbass could want!

[–]Odatas 319 points320 points  (12 children)

Isnt that their slogan?

"Conservertism. We have everything a dumbass could want"

[–]AFuddyDuddy 71 points72 points  (7 children)

Ya know.... Just to remind myself just how batshit crazy those people are, I lurk that sub occasionally.

They've gone from batshit crazy to full on insanity, with no sense of reality.

That sub is a hate sub, full of misinformation.... And an OBSESSION With AOC.

It's just fucking creepy.

[–]norrchu 42 points43 points  (6 children)

Flaired Users Only.. ridiculous

[–]Buffmin 54 points55 points  (1 child)

Can't have anything harm their safe space! Since those are great when they use em

[–]sirtaptap I voted 1419 points1420 points  (58 children)

The 'lead' republican already claimed it was rigged before the election started, claiming "statistical analysis" of results that did not yet exist.

Get ready for this every election. Vote and don't fall for it. If they unregister you, regregister. If you need an ID, get one. You don't need a drivers licence, the DMV can print you a non-driving gov ID.

[–]ollymckinley 480 points481 points  (32 children)

I really feel like Republicans have become the boy who cried wolf.

If anyone on the left actually did attempt to rig an election from this point in, I would dismiss their claims offhand.

[–]BlueXCrimson 123 points124 points  (3 children)

The difference is they wont be eaten so theyll just keep eroding faith, little by little. And then if they ever do find a single election rigged by a Dem then THAT will prove every other claim was true to their base, regardless of how much of an obvious lie its all been.

[–]DNAviolationTexas 3474 points3475 points  (74 children)

In a move of what can only be described as stunning political genius, the CA GOP managed to waste over 200 million on a transparently vain power grab, accidentally revealed their plan to baselessly claim fraud before the election had even been conducted, all while handing Newsom a commanding mandate right before the next election. Superb 4D chess.

[–]AssassinAragornTexas 1264 points1265 points  (30 children)

And showed us all what fucking idiots their base will rally behind. 2020 election, and now -- the Democrat wins because people are fed up with Trumpism.

[–]TheMostUncleanDelaware 632 points633 points  (19 children)

It’s a Catch 22 of their own making. Republicans that denounce Trumpism lose the primaries that only their most idiotic and delusional core voters participate in. Try and emulate Trump and they’ll continue getting pummeled in all but the safest general elections.

[–]caligaris_cabinetTexas 338 points339 points  (11 children)

A trap of their own making. Only works if we get complacent.

[–]AssassinAragornTexas 208 points209 points  (5 children)

Absolutely, we need to go out and vote, and hammer in the final nail

[–]A_Melee_Ensued 139 points140 points  (14 children)

Accidentally revealed their plan? If I were slightly more paranoid I might think this whole ridiculous recall was conducted so that Republicans could claim voter fraud when they lost.

[–]AbrasiveLore I voted 102 points103 points  (4 children)

Yes. Elder's campaign published a website alleging fraud and citing statistical anomalies in the voting data...

...yesterday. Before the vote counting had even started. See the problem?

[–]skinnyguy699 55 points56 points  (3 children)

If that's true there should be criminal charges for effectively trying to undermine democracy.

[–]4InchesOfury 5034 points5035 points  (185 children)

Only cost us $276 million, what a fucking waste.

[–]General-Programmer-5 1351 points1352 points  (23 children)

The SOS says it will coat 300 million in the end

[–]FusterCluck4Illinois 1227 points1228 points  (95 children)

And the GOP will call for audits for "fraud" while they present zero evidence.

This is what the Republican losers do now every time they lose an election.

[–]JRR92 617 points618 points  (61 children)

Republicans are seriously about to try and convince people that the Democrats rigged their safest of safe states. What's more worrying is that people will believe it

[–]GenericRedditor0405Massachusetts 531 points532 points  (44 children)

It’s beyond alarming that the core strategy for the Republicans is literally to undermine democracy at every opportunity. They barely even try to hide it, and I genuinely believe that even if they came right out and stated their methods, their base would only cheer that the ends justify the means.

[–]SmokeyDBear I voted 131 points132 points  (18 children)

I mean did you hear all the “we’re a Republic not a Democracy” rationalizations? It’s amazing how much water these fucks are willing to carry for their “side” all while claiming that progressives are the sheep.

[–]polaroidfadesCalifornia 2961 points2962 points  (146 children)

Democrats running ahead of their 2020 results in Orange County is a big fucking deal.

[–]MaryJane183 I voted 1599 points1600 points  (68 children)

Yes! And there’s a County right next to Sacramento where the highest amount of college educated voters on the entire county went for Trump...went blue tonight

Edit - they ended up red after same day votes were counted

[–]WhospitonmypancakesCalifornia 404 points405 points  (11 children)

Placer county! We almost went Blue during the general election and were so close to replacing McClintock* with Brynne Kennedy.

[–]houndmutt700California 429 points430 points  (49 children)

Orangecounty turned blue after that shitty tax plan was change 2018. Screwed ever homeowner in the state😏

[–]Foot_Dizzy 3148 points3149 points  (80 children)

Video: https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1437990529925451777

Gov. Gavin Newsom: "Just in the last few days, the former president put out, saying this election was rigged. Democracy is not a football. You don't throw it around ... we may have defeated Trump, but Trumpism is not dead in this country."

[–]Lowlt 1396 points1397 points  (66 children)

Trumpism might not be dead. But A bunch of them are walking into the light from covid.

[–]9macWashington 539 points540 points  (26 children)

Could have built a lot of homeless housing instead of spending all that money on a sham election.

[–]Optima1WitVirginia 182 points183 points  (6 children)

Then republicans would have to actually help people.. can’t do that

[–]Star_Tropic I voted 1985 points1986 points  (47 children)

A little news on Larry Elder's petition claiming fraud in the recall before votes are counted -- significant parts are copy and pasted from a petition supporting Lin Wood's lawsuit last year vs GA election results Source


[–]donmanzo 821 points822 points  (27 children)

The same claims that were thrown out and ridiculed?

The same Lin Wood who is likely to be disbarred due to her his frivolous lawsuits?

Yup, that makes sense for the Black Rush Limbaugh.

[–]penguincheerleader 175 points176 points  (3 children)

I really hope this gets Larry Elder sued, as well as his media company and Fox News.

[–]NicoRobin007 671 points672 points  (31 children)

Lmao at calling this rigged. It's a landslide. And honestly, it's California, one of the most left leaning states. How could anyone possibly think a liberal winning is rigged? This rhetoric is going to become very dangerous, very quickly if the GOP's new strategy is essentially throwing the controller and saying it's broken every time they lose.

[–]you_buy_this_shit 452 points453 points  (17 children)

It's not going to "get" dangerous. We are already there. Every election is rigged now, according to the fascist right. That means rules don't apply because they were "cheated."

The cat is out of the bag. This is only going to get worse.

[–]berkeleyfreebird 4612 points4613 points  (102 children)

GOP owes Californians $300 million of our tax dollars.

[–]magdit 932 points933 points  (41 children)

exactly - my grip is simple - was the situation so dire that we need to circumvent our normal electoral process to the tune of 300 million dollars, and could not allow normal institutional frameworks of election cycles to vote him/party out of office?

[–]LakersLAQ 347 points348 points  (29 children)

Especially when the normal election process isn't even that far out.

[–]JohnSith 440 points441 points  (26 children)

The GOP hasn't held a state office in CA in years. This recall, where they could win with a minority of the vote, was the only way they could take power.

[–]LakersLAQ 106 points107 points  (14 children)

Oh yeah, I understand that point. It's just that the general idea of it was so stupid in the first place lol. The "fiscally responsible" costing taxpayers. Very convenient for them.

[–]Turangaliila 128 points129 points  (10 children)

Over on the r/conservative sub there are tons of people saying things like "GOP obviously couldn't win, but at least we made those libs waste a ton of money!"

It's pathetic honestly. I'm not even American, it's just ridiculous to see anybody praising a waste of tax money.

[–]count023 51 points52 points  (2 children)

Have you seen how much money their dear leader put on the national credit card? Wasting taxpayer money is their bread and butter.

[–]harshalax31California 412 points413 points  (48 children)

I went on to r/conservative to observe their whining for a second…why is every other article on that sub a Babylon Bee article? They’re literally reading made up scenarios and going “yeah libruls do that all the time”. Like???

[–]Peridot1708 231 points232 points  (10 children)

r/conservative before the recall: Save California! Lets Turn California Red! Make California Great Again!

r/conservative after the recall: eh, California is too blue anyway. Plus im moving out so who cares...

These ppl didnt realise this before they decided to waste 277 million of taxpayer's money?

[–]OpinionBearSF 97 points98 points  (1 child)

These ppl didnt realise this before they decided to waste 277 million of taxpayer's money?

They did. The entire point was to use a quirk in our law (plus a COVID-19 exception extending signature gathering time) to make us waste millions of dollars asking and answering a settled question.

[–]DoctorTheWho 141 points142 points  (11 children)

As always, the folks over at r/conservative are taking this in stride, and not trying to echo baseless voter fraud claims.../s

[–]flickhCanada 55 points56 points  (8 children)

Jesus what a shit show that place always is

“General Milley is a Traitor! Will his execution be televised!?”

That’s the big debate over there

[–]ring_rustColorado 6726 points6727 points 2 (195 children)

The party of fiscal conservatism made taxpayers waste $300 million just so the race could be called 21 minutes after polls closed. Get fucked, GOP.

[–]Uuugggg 513 points514 points  (4 children)

The amount of paper I received just to say “no” is ridiculous.

[–]TacticalTuchel 1386 points1387 points  (89 children)

New strategy: just keep triggering recall elections until California's surplus becomes a deficit like most republican run states.

[–]Helenium_autumnale 326 points327 points  (34 children)

That recall protocol about having an absurdly tiny # of people qualify to launch a recall should be changed imo.

[–]ryegye24 291 points292 points  (26 children)

I don't even think the signature requirement is the biggest problem - they only reached the number needed due to the collection period roughly doubling in response to Covid anyways. The biggest problem is that Newsom could have gotten 49.9% of the vote to stay in office, and Elder could have gotten 25% of the vote to replace him, and Elder would have won. That's structurally unrepresentative.

[–]ArnoidTheAnnihilator 52 points53 points  (4 children)

Wasn't part of the problem that they were given like a four month extension to get signatures for this one?

[–]nuorigin 35 points36 points  (1 child)

And that 300 million does not even include each individual person's time and resources used to actually physically vote. All of this energy could have gone towards the homeless issue

[–]Jayymeister 952 points953 points  (30 children)

GOP really wasted $300 million on a recall when there’s literally already another election next year

[–]CrispyLiberal 479 points480 points  (15 children)

They're not winning a majority vote in California next year. This was their only shot.

[–]Jayymeister 339 points340 points  (8 children)

The race was called in less than an hour. Seems like they didn’t really have a shot this year either

[–]whileoceaniasleeps 1036 points1037 points 2 (37 children)

Right on, California.

Let’s follow the golden state’s example tonight and show up in 2022. We all know what they say about midterms, but these are strange times and nothing is predestined. We can grow the Democratic majorities in the House and Senate if we work for it, so show up and vote and get others to do the same. Victory is possible!

Make Manchin and Sinema irrelevant and we can really do something to break the filibuster and pass a bold agenda.

[–]dating_derp 316 points317 points  (11 children)

Florida 2018 midterm elections for governor and senator were decided by less than a 1% difference. And more people voted democrat in 2020 than in 2018. All elections are important. People need to vote.

[–]zjm7891 96 points97 points  (3 children)

More Floridians have died than the vote count difference for Deathsantis.

[–]sloopslarp 164 points165 points  (3 children)

The best way to deal with our Manchin problem is to make him irrelevant. We need to elect more Dem senators, and kick out regressive Republicans.

[–]Foot_Dizzy 515 points516 points  (5 children)

Video: https://twitter.com/Acyn/status/1437990179852091392

Newsom: No was not the only thing that was expressed tonight. I want to focus on what we said yes to as a state. We said yes to science. We said yes to vaccines. We said yes to ending this pandemic…

[–]Sugarysam 1352 points1353 points  (25 children)

Dear CA Republicans,

You lost. Get the vaccine. Put on a mask. Shut up.

[–]yeetmetothemoonzaddy 329 points330 points  (11 children)


[–]AssassinAragornTexas 147 points148 points  (3 children)

"Elections have cons-- HOW DARE YOU MAKE ME WEAR A MASK"

[–]Tagostino62 102 points103 points  (1 child)

I love that in his remarks following (another) landslide victory, Newsom took the opportunity to spend a good part of his time in an anti-Trump diatribe. It passive-aggressively reminded the right wing nutjobs in the state what fucking losers they are for backing Trump in the first place.

[–]WrongSubreddit 104 points105 points  (11 children)

So I guess they're gonna call every election they lose rigged from now on

[–]Clingingtothestars 43 points44 points  (0 children)

People should be more alarmed over this. At some point it’s bound to push enough people to do something stupid and effective. It’s just a matter of time, if people continue to cry wolf at every election.

[–]xtrahairyyeti 1027 points1028 points  (123 children)

Got banned from /r/conservative for saying that the housing market in California is booming due to the free market. Lol

[–]ReturnOfDaSnack420America 834 points835 points  (34 children)

r/conservative is the biggest safe space on the internet haha

[–]xtrahairyyeti 366 points367 points  (13 children)

It truly is. They are literally everything they claim to hate and stand against.

[–]irishwonder 96 points97 points  (2 children)

It's projectionism all the way down. I try to use this point on my dad whenever he goes on a diatribe.

Oh, cancel culture is ruining your American values? You're tired of snowflake libs trying to ruin people just because they said something you don't like? Let's just pull up your last 10 emails, which are all forwarded lists of the companies and performers that I'm supposed to boycott because they said Trump Bad.

They won't stop. They can't. They desperately need to be a victim, to have something to fight so they can feel like they're revolutionaries of old, and they will create their own enemy to fight if no one presents them with one.

[–]FlatVegetable4231 67 points68 points  (4 children)

Flaired users only!

[–]positron3000 34 points35 points  (1 child)

On posts complaining about Facebook censorship

[–]gabarkou 66 points67 points  (13 children)

Always love to see these posts like "See what your liberal policies have done to the housing prices in LA and NY, for the same amount of money you could buy a huge mansion in rural Alabama", yes Karen it's literally basic supply and demand, nobody wants to live in rural Alabama that's why it's so cheap, not because of some magical policies.

[–]VapeDerp420Nebraska 676 points677 points  (32 children)

Lol, how exactly did CA Republicans think a Republican governor would do any better?

What was he or she gonna do? Deny Covid was happening while stoking petty cultural wars? The GOP is a flaming bag of dogshit that only survives based off of people’s hate boners over anyone considered “other”.

I’m not saying Newsom is anywhere near perfect, but does anyone with a brain think fucking Caitlyn Jenner or whatever shock jock clown would do anything other than line their pockets while doing their best Trump impression?

Fuck the GOP.

[–]p0k3t0 145 points146 points  (2 children)

What was he or she gonna do? Deny Covid was happening while stoking petty cultural wars?

Well, yeah. That's their plan in all 50 states.

[–]Konukaame 394 points395 points  (60 children)

This is the sixth recall attempt against Newsom since 2019.

What, if anything, stops them from just spinning up another attempt tomorrow?

[–]9macWashington 507 points508 points  (53 children)

I love how republicans love to blast that people are leaving California in droves, when it's just loud conservatives leaving for Texas and shit, then think they can win an election. Like how fucking stupid are you?

[–]tennisdrums 292 points293 points  (15 children)

California has a GDP (about $3.2 trillion) almost twice as much as the next highest state in the country (Texas at $1.8 trillion). Not to mention the vast quantity and variety of agricultural produce, technological advances, and media that is produced here and distributed throughout the country.

Right wingers love to shit on California because deep down they know that liberal, deep blue California is central to so much of their lives, and they hate us for it. To me, whenever I come across some conservative trying to make California sound like some hell-hole, it just comes across as little dick syndrome.

[–]maramDPT 108 points109 points  (4 children)

I see the “anti California” sentiment all the time in rural red america. The people that have never been to cali and don’t know shit about it. It’s 100% fox news and the right wing radio propaganda.

[–]SenorBeef 50 points51 points  (2 children)

"No one wants to live in California, there are too many people living here!"

[–]WrongTurn1998 224 points225 points  (10 children)

I would like to thank the Texas GOP’s incredibly poor decision and policy process right before Californians made their decision.


[–]biggamax 60 points61 points  (3 children)

Gubernatorial decisions out of Texas that represented a waking nightmare for most Californians, gave them a crystal clear sneak preview. GOP essentially forced the hand of the State's electorate.

[–]Rogue100 I voted 583 points584 points  (31 children)

OK California, you dodged a bullet, now fix your damn recall system!

[–]TheFumundaWunda 354 points355 points  (21 children)

when the flint water crisis first broke, the republican-controlled michigan legislature "fixed" the recall system by shortening the days allotted to collect enough signatures from 90 to 60, in a blatant effort to protect then-gov. rick snyder. now there have been 34 recall attempts against current governor whitmer, only 9 of which got as far as collecting signatures, none of which even came close to getting enough. it's hilarious to watch their machinations backfire against them so spectacularly.

[–]CCV21California 351 points352 points  (26 children)

I just got off working the polls for this recall.

[–]agentupTexas 219 points220 points  (11 children)

republicans can dismiss this as "no chance in California anyway" but this got called with less than an hour after results started coming in. This straight up ass whupping. You don't take this loss and shrug and say you never had a chance anyway.

i think this bodes well for Democrats heading into midterms. It looks like voters know what's on the line now. a shitty democrat getting elected is far better than letting a racist unqualified republican buffoon get voted in.

[–]Transfer_McWindowCanada 206 points207 points  (20 children)

The leading candidates on question 2 were a talk show host and YouTube personality?

Jesus fucking Christ....

[–]whileoceaniasleeps 186 points187 points  (11 children)

“If we nominate Donald Trump, we will get destroyed; and we will deserve it.”

— Lindsey Graham, 2016

[–]whileoceaniasleeps 428 points429 points  (34 children)

Kornacki on NBC talking about how the NO vote is actually outpacing Biden’s performance last year. Good news for Democratic engagement going into 2022.

[–]Veggiedelite90 260 points261 points  (11 children)

Things are going so poorly in Republican run states we’re all watching in horror here in California and other blue states. Doesn’t surprise me at all. And without trump on the ticket I don’t imagine 2022 being a good time for republicans. They’re running on a platform that has one draw, and that draw isn’t going to be on a single ballot in 2022 so I think that bodes well

[–]curlyfreakCalifornia 178 points179 points  (2 children)

As much as i want this to be true we need to continue to fight and not get too complacent (I’m sure you aren’t but just in general).

[–]ocular__patdown 69 points70 points  (2 children)

Big thanks to the party of fiscal responsibility for 300 million dollars well spent...

[–]Bigdaddylovesfatties 69 points70 points  (3 children)

We love to see it, even strong red leaning counties didn't want any of that shit

[–]absolutemoran 193 points194 points  (7 children)

I ask why I should vote yes and so many republicans tried to get me to vote for Elder because Newsom was caught without a mask eating dinner.

Why the fuck would that make me vote for the anti-mask guy if I'm personally pro-mask. Republicans are not good at seeing things from other peoples viewpoints.

[–]anathema09California 400 points401 points  (12 children)

LMAO californian here. voted no weeks ago. get fucked, GOP.

[–]AnthonyDavosCalifornia 63 points64 points  (11 children)

The CA GOP must feel pretty shitty after spending all that cash, and all that work for the past year, only to be slaughtered. No thanks to Elder, who threw his hat in the ring last minute, which energized Dems.

[–]LilDoctor007 287 points288 points  (9 children)

Elder is saying the election was stolen BUT the only thing that was stolen was the $300million from the tax payers money!

[–]whileoceaniasleeps 568 points569 points  (9 children)

$300M wasted on this fucking garbage. You want to hear a funny joke? Fiscal conservatism.

That’s it, that’s the joke.

[–]evapandora3 63 points64 points  (1 child)

The kicker is that in 2022 is the actual next gubernatorial elections... Fuck the GOP.

[–]Redshirt2386 1069 points1070 points  (61 children)

Progressive Democrat here. I don’t even like Newsom, but I feel like partying tonight. Fuck these anti-science, Trumpy plague rats and the horse dewormer they rode in on.

[–]kevonicus 264 points265 points  (7 children)

I agree. The Republican platform is just so regressive. I like to see society move forward and not backwards.

[–]AssassinAragornTexas 156 points157 points  (11 children)

We can't really make strides on progressive vs mainstream democrat theories and discussions while the GOP sticks around. You gotta put the children to bed before you discuss the serious matters -- so we need to make sure the GOP loses in 2022 and beyond so we as a party can hash out progressive policies.

[–]LakersLAQ 54 points55 points  (2 children)

That's how I see it. The mainstream Dems and progressive Dems debating over issues is how the government should work. I'm tired of the GOP nut jobs trying to do everything but debate or find common ground. They are just their to disrupt and either do things their way or say that everything is rigged.

[–]Pylgrim 272 points273 points  (14 children)

Buckle up boys and girls, this is the new normal. Every single election that seems like anything but a clear win for a republican is going to be contested and called fraud.

[–]puddingdemon 138 points139 points  (2 children)

Elder said he found fraudulent votes before voting even started. Somehow no one else found these

[–]FriesWithThatWashington 55 points56 points  (4 children)

It just comes down to sensible people viewing Newsom's Covid strategy of tough vaccine mandates as being preferable to the standard Republican alternative of Live Free and Die!

[–]DamagedHells 58 points59 points  (2 children)

Lmao it wasn't even fucking REMOTELY close.

[–]Jotchee 60 points61 points  (0 children)

Lovely to see a strong majority of Californians aren't fucking morons like the GOP relies on people being.

[–]ReturnOfDaSnack420America 332 points333 points  (45 children)

My big takeaway is that NO on recall is running ahead of Biden against Trump from the results in 2020, and especially is running ahead of Biden in important counties like Orange and Fresno. That is a Big Fucking Deal, to quote our President, and could suggest 1.) GOP enthusiasm in 2020 was fickle and Trump based and 2.) Texas going full Gilead may have a bigger effect on elections than we realized. Now to be fair those could both be wrong, but still it is possible

[–]accountabilitycountsAmerica 200 points201 points  (13 children)

I know a few people around here that are scared as hell by recent moves in Texas and Florida.

[–]BoldestKoboldIllinois 141 points142 points  (5 children)

I hope it means the "moderates" are finally noticing that the far right isn't stopping at demonizing the brown and foreign.

[–]Frying_Dutchman 109 points110 points  (8 children)

Florida is a big deal too. Desantis is straight up killing the fuck out of his constituents to toe the party line. Who the fuck in their right mind would want someone like that in control of anything?

[–]ThisGuy6266 249 points250 points  (10 children)

My aunt in California said her neighbors friends cousin saw a suspicious truck and it had boxes of ballots and Mrs. Krabappel and Principal Skinner were in the closet making babies and she saw one of the babies and the baby looked at her.

[–]sirtaptap I voted 46 points47 points  (0 children)

My ballot says "I choo choo choose NO"

and it's got a picture of a train on it!!!

[–]hambone10 49 points50 points  (4 children)

Orange County stayed blue!! Lollzzzz

[–]aquarain 51 points52 points  (3 children)

$300 M for this stupidness.

[–]jmsatl 52 points53 points  (4 children)

What a waste of money this costed the taxpayers

[–]theatrics_ 149 points150 points  (4 children)

Time for all the conservatives to cry foul about the one time they almost got a deep red anti-democrat into the highest seat of a two thirds blue state with only 15% of the fucking vote.

Even when the game is totally rigged in their favor, they still think they're the damn victims.

[–]joecb91Arizona 152 points153 points  (5 children)

Thanks again California GOP for wasting everyones time with this bullshit

[–]relator_fabula 57 points58 points  (0 children)

And money. Don't forget the money.

[–]xlinkedxArizona 143 points144 points  (20 children)

Radio hosts and YouTube personalities.... is this really the future of American democracy?

[–]gingerhasyoursoul 44 points45 points  (3 children)

It's the future of the GOP. Actual people of substance no longer hold any sway in the party. Mitch McConnell is a real piece of shit but he at least knew how to govern(or prevent governance).

[–]BakeActFlorida 432 points433 points  (51 children)

r/conservative is already posting articles of voter fraud and the liberal are cheating...

Didn't take long

[–]IcommandyouWashington 320 points321 points  (10 children)

Yes. A deep blue state went blue what a surprise must be voter fraud….

[–]digital_circuit_guyCalifornia 179 points180 points  (12 children)

Elder was claiming yesterday that there's all sorts of voter fraud going on. It's the new GOP strategy: claim fraud every time they don't win.

[–]w4lt3r_s0bch4k 47 points48 points  (1 child)

What a colossal waste of money.

[–]GenTelGuy 43 points44 points  (6 children)

We need to completely overhaul the recall system. It's beyond messed up that less then half of the Republicans who voted against Newsom and lost during the actual election can just band together some signatures and trigger a $300million runback

[–]Armano-Avalus 45 points46 points  (4 children)

Now that the CA GOV recall was called in favour of Newsom, I can now breathe a sigh of relief and bask in the tears of all the obnoxious Elder stans who are now gonna cry that the election was stolen and California was a secretly deep red state where a guy who thought the minimum wage should be abolished would save the state.

[–]twoinvenice 129 points130 points  (20 children)

Had the recall succeeded, Question 2, on who Governor Newsom’s successor would have been, currently shows Republican radio talk show host Larry Elder with 43% of the vote, leading his nearest rival, Democratic YouTube personality Kevin Paffrath, who trails with 11% of the vote.

To this point, a big part of the messaging in CA was to just vote no and send in the ballot. I wouldn't be surprised if "no response" had a higher portion of the ballots than Larry Elder

[–]PlatinumTaters7 113 points114 points  (5 children)

It does, nearly 1.5 million more voters didn't answer question 2 than voted Elder.

[–]StarFireChild4200 47 points48 points  (3 children)

So the winners in order tonight, Newsom, Literally Not A Single Other Person, and then followed by whoever the GOP runners were.

Cool and normal democracy lol

[–]2rio2 270 points271 points  (4 children)

What a gigantic fucking waste of time.

CA Democrats need to run on that wasted $230 mil for the next year, and need to push to amend the current Recall process in the state. Two things to change:

  1. The signature bar should be raised to AT LEAST be raised to 1/4 of registered votes to trigger, as opposed 12% of last number of total votes cast in previous election. The 12% rule allowed the GOP to waste our fucking time with 1.5 million signatures. Making it 1/4 would require 5.5 million signatures with the current 22 million voters in the state. That's far more reasonable of a trigger point.

  2. If a Governor is recalled, the Lt. Governor takes over through the end of the term. Period. Allowing 51% Yes votes + the highest ranked candidate on the second question of the ballot could have easily resulted a stupid situation this year where Larry Elder only had 20% of the Recall voters select him, but if he had more votes than the other listed candidates and 51% of the people said to Recall Newsom we'd be dealing with him through the end of the term. That's a gigantic loophole for abuse and undemocratic in its very application.

See: https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/571991-california-democrats-ponder-reforms-amid-newsom-recall-effort

[–]Optima1WitVirginia 43 points44 points  (1 child)

Took all of 40 minutes for Newsom. And over on conservatives subreddit they’re already saying democrats cheat.. who would have guessed one of the, if not the top, bluest state would hold on to their governor. But now republicans get to waste more time and money on investigating their so called voter fraud. What a pathetic bunch of individuals

[–]cswigert I voted 40 points41 points  (2 children)

We really need a reform of our recall rules here in California. Allowing 12% of voters to trigger a recall is ridiculous. It is such a crazy low bar.

[–]duh_metrius 40 points41 points  (2 children)

Every single Democratic election victory will be met with unfounded and unsubstantiated cries of election fraud going forward. This is the rest of our lives.

[–]MadFatty 43 points44 points  (3 children)

Make the California GOP pay for all of this charade

[–]whileoceaniasleeps 42 points43 points  (1 child)

“Rigged election!”

“What’s your evidence for this claim?”

“muh… irregularities”

— dumbshits

[–]GrumpyGuss 43 points44 points  (2 children)

And now Republicans will claim that it's impossible that a Democrat could have won in California because they don't know anyone that voted for him.

[–]theswiftarmofjusticeCalifornia 38 points39 points  (1 child)

Good. Fuck the GOP in its entirety.

[–]Star_Tropic I voted 39 points40 points  (5 children)

Has anyone gotten a hold of Ja Rule to see what he thinks about this!?

[–]bbydonthurtme4667 42 points43 points  (3 children)

California should really change recall laws. It's hilariously easy to attempt a recall

[–]mammaube 41 points42 points  (3 children)

Oh thx god. I'm not a fan of newsom but I sure as hell didn't want Larry elder

[–]DuboiszCalifornia 42 points43 points  (78 children)

Im from Southern California, I didnt know anyone who wanted to recall him. what a waste of money… something like 300million i heard from taxpayer money for this dumb recall which most people knew he would win.

[–]David_bowman_starman 252 points253 points  (15 children)

Well that was a waste of time

[–]intripletime 697 points698 points  (40 children)

This should never even gone to a vote. I live in California. Newsom has done a good job, especially with his response to the pandemic. He's a nice dude who clearly cares about the state. He's made a few mistakes, but he's overall been a good governor. We need to stop having recall efforts every goddamn administration just because "that's what you do now". Let people serve their term, and if they suck, don't re-elect them.

[–]-Galactus-California 204 points205 points  (9 children)

This! His response to the pandemic is where he gets the most support from me. He has done a great job given the circumstances.

[–]orangeapocalypse 113 points114 points  (1 child)

Shoutout to the self-proclaimed “fiscal conservatives” of the GOP for wasting over a quarter of a billion dollars on this pointless recall election

[–]stan3298 35 points36 points  (3 children)

Democratic governor in a deep blue state not recalled? Must be election fraud, obviously.

[–]UltraSuperTurbo 34 points35 points  (0 children)

Republicans sure like wasting money to show us how hard they can keep losing

[–]LiquidSquids 37 points38 points  (6 children)

What a giant fucking waste of time.

[–]Mojo12000 35 points36 points  (1 child)

So basically the GOP burned a bunch of money to give Newsom a mid term Political Mandate and a ton of political capital heading into 2022 Great fucking use of your time and energy guys!

[–]silentjay01Wisconsin 35 points36 points  (1 child)

Now, does the Republican Party have to reimburse the state for administering this failed recall since it wasn't even close? If there is no financial punishment for these long shot recalls that can be forced with such a small percentage of petition signers, they'll just keep doing them. Its not like they have to protect the "Brand" of the Republican Party.

[–]a-snakey 35 points36 points  (4 children)

Now we trudge through the months of whining about illegals voting and recounts, yay!

[–]doodoometoo 34 points35 points  (2 children)

It's not about winning, that was never a possibility, it's about undermining the democratic process to push the authoritarian agenda.

[–]WeatherWrestlingGuyIllinois 104 points105 points  (1 child)

Get fucked maga idiots

[–]Tsquared10Montana 103 points104 points  (2 children)


Proceeds to spend hundreds of millions on a recall election that had zero chance in hell of succeeding.

[–]SlipperyThong I voted 102 points103 points  (23 children)

Full meltdown over at r/conservative!

[–]Dirtybrd 62 points63 points  (2 children)

Don't worry. The mods will go in and delete everything, and a week from now they'll be saying, what recall?

[–]theglowoflove 94 points95 points  (6 children)

I saw some very sad looking people taking Larry Elder signs down in Orange County a little while ago... Lol

[–]PM_ME_NIETZSCHEArkansas 31 points32 points  (4 children)

Commence every braindead right-winger screaming "eLecTIoN fRaUD!!" at the top of their lungs with literally zero evidence and with the fact that Democrats outnumber Republicans in CA by a very substantial margin.

[–]Foot_Dizzy 30 points31 points  (0 children)

Smart of Newsom to open his speech with turning the "NO" (to recall) vote into a "positive" by listing things they were saying "YES" to

[–]Jackbo_Manhorse 30 points31 points  (3 children)

This just looks horrible for republicans. They had nothing to gain from this, they wasted taxpayers money, and they made themselves look like a joke.

[–]DiegobyteAlaska 32 points33 points  (0 children)

The delusional republicans acting like California a state they never win is rigged against them. Lmfao.

[–]Veggiedelite90 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Anyone that lived in the cities of California could’ve told you this was going to be the result. We see how republicans are handling governing right now. Nothing there worth voting for.

[–]KIRKLAND_BRAND_BITCH 33 points34 points  (8 children)

Elder lost because he had no solution or logical answer to any problems. Just another trumpian radio shock jock

[–]koavfIndiana 30 points31 points  (0 children)

[–]eeksabekabooks 30 points31 points  (12 children)

The GOP in California gonna cover the 300 million dollar tab for this or?

[–]ReturnOfDaSnack420America 30 points31 points  (2 children)

The Galaxy Brains over at the donald fake reddit site are BIG MAD tonight about these results. Sucks to suck guys lmao

[–]CantTochThis92 35 points36 points  (6 children)

Seeing Kornacki on screen reminded me how horny the election threads were last year.

[–]Kay312010 32 points33 points  (1 child)

California came through for the state and country! Reject the MAGA Mob 24/7!

[–]GenTelGuy 31 points32 points  (3 children)

Get friggin destroyed #AndStill

Wish those 300 million dollars could have gone to something useful instead of this

[–]skubmancer 32 points33 points  (2 children)

LMAO republicans your boy got sent to the Shadow Realm

[–]AirJumpman23 29 points30 points  (1 child)

All those people standing outside of Walmart for years asking for signatures. All for nothing lmao