The recall petition campaign called RecallGavin2020 that California Secretary of State Alex Padilla approved in June has reached more than 1 million signatures. It needs at least 1.5 million verified signatures by March 10 for the state to hold a special election that could unseat the Democratic governor.
“It’s absolutely gaining traction. We’re getting petitions from not only Republicans but from Democrats and Independents,” John Cox, Newsom’s 2018 Republican challenger who recently launched an exploratory committee to challenge the governor again in 2022, told Fox News. “This has just gone on too long — the mismanagement that has accompanied this pandemic.”