California Gov. Gavin Newsom survived the effort to recall him from office, according to projections by NBC News and CNN.
Newsom had been joined on the campaign trail by President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, a longtime personal friend whom he served alongside in San Francisco.
Republicans had pinned their hopes on Larry Elder, who preemptively pushed conspiracy theories about election fraud and had been closely linked to Donald Trump.
The race was called less than one hour after the polls closed.
BREAKING: California Gov. Gavin Newsom staves off recall effort, will stay in office, NBC News projects.… https://t.co/hp5bojhcC0— NBC News (@NBC News) 1631677137.0
CNN PROJECTION: California Gov. Gavin Newsom survives Republican-backed recall effort and will remain in office… https://t.co/MwtpjqNo8V— CNN Politics (@CNN Politics) 1631677137.0
EDITOR'S NOTE: The author of this story worked on political campaigns for Newsom when he was a local supervisor in San Francisco.