The Times podcast: California recall election winners and losers

Gov. Gavin Newsom, flanked by flags, speaks into microphones
Gov. Gavin Newsom addresses a crowd in Sacramento on election night.
(Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

The polls have closed, and even though ballots are still being counted, the California gubernatorial recall election results are decisive: Voters said no to recalling Gov. Gavin Newsom.


Voters rejected the idea that his progressive policies on COVID-19, on climate change, on everything, were ruining the California dream and that someone else on the ballot could do a better job. So ... what’s next for the Golden State?

Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: L.A. Times politics reporter Seema Mehta and Sacramento bureau chief John Myers

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