Daily US Times: California Governor Gavin Newsom appears to have survived a rare recall vote with a clear majority, US media report.
Republicans launched the election in an attempt to oust him from the chair. Mr Newsom became controversial over his handling of the pandemic. He is currently in the third year of his four-year term.
The Democrat had faced a field of 46 candidates and was expected to win by a large margin.
President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris campaigned with governor Newsom ahead of the vote.
Mr Newsom will prevail, with about two-thirds of voters backing him and more than 60% of the vote tallied, according to CBS projection.
In a victory speech in Sacramento, Mr Newsom said: “I’m humbled and grateful to the millions and millions of Californians that exercised their fundamental right to vote.”
The election result has been closely watched as a bellwether for national 2022 elections.
The governor’s main opponent, conservative radio host Larry Elder, claimed that the vote was rigged before polls even opened.
On the eve of the recall vote, president Joe Biden appeared at a rally with Mr Newsom to tell voters that their choice will “reverberate around the world”.
The effort to remove Mr Newsom from office has been driven by increasingly partisan politics, but gained steam after he was photographed dining at a fancy restaurant while urging Californians to stay home to avoid spreading Covid-19.