California · Politics

Organizers: Newsom recall hits 2mil signatures

Late Wednesday night, the group organizing the recall of California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced it had collected more than 2 million signatures en route to forcing a special election.

Orrin Heatlie, Chairman of The California Patriot Coalition, RecallGavin2020 Committee said in a statement, “The People of California are speaking loud and clear. We have cleared another milestone. Politics as usual in California are over as we know it to be.”

About 1,500,000 signatures are needed to trigger a recall election under state law. 

From the start, organizers have set out with a goal of collecting 2 million signatures in order to assure they had enough verifiable submissions. The total number collected thus far is 2,060,000, according to the campaign’s senior advisor Randy Economy.

“The People are in charge of California, not political operatives,” Economy tweeted. “The People are changing California.”

Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, a leading contender seeking to replace Newsom in a prospective recall election, said the push to oust the incumbent Governor was “going to make history.”

“Millions of Californians are standing up and demanding change,” Faulconer tweeted late Wednesday night.

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Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.