The campaign to recall Gavin Newsom has reached the 1.5 million signatures. Tom del Beccaro, leader of the ongoing effort announced Wednesday evening that the campaign has reached its initial target required to put the matter to a vote — but the campaign has to continue.
“EVERYONE: We have over 1.5 mill raw signatures but they are not all verified,” del Beccaro tweeted. “My message is that 1.5m sounds great but is NOT ENOUGH. To ensure qualification we need 1.9 million.”
EVERYONE: We have over 1.5 mill raw signatures but they are not all verified. My message is that 1.5m sounds great but is NOT ENOUGH. To ensure qualification we need 1.9 million. https://t.co/AagEb5mh6v https://t.co/nwN1JOxL5I
— Thomas Del Beccaro (@tomdelbeccaro) February 11, 2021
Del Beccaro, who incidentally ran against Kamala Harris in the 2016 primary for U.S. Senate in California, noted that the campaign needed to increase its signature total by the March 17 deadline, in the event that some signatures were challenged and tossed.
If confirmed, Gavin Newsom will become the first California governor to face a recall vote since Democrat Gray Davis in 2003. He lost and was replaced by Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The California Secretary of State’s website notes: “Since 1913, there have been 178 recall attempts of state elected officials in California. Ten recall efforts collected enough signatures to qualify for the ballot and of those, the elected official was recalled in six instances.
Several candidates, both Republicans and Democrats, have indicated their interest in participating in a recall election, should one qualify for the ballot.