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1.5mil signatures in: Newsom recall beckons more cash, Gubernatorial hopefuls

The recall campaign of California Gov. Gavin Newsom, once cast-off as a political pipe dream, is becoming ever-closer to reality.

Over the weekend, organizers of the Recall Newsom campaign announced their effort exceeded its 1.5 million signature count.

If all signatures are verified by local election officials across the state’s 58 counties, Newsom will be formally recalled and a special election will be triggered.

The news came days after the Republican National Committee committed $250,000 in funds to help organizers gain enough signatures.

Friday, the California Republican Party its own contribution of $125,000 to the effort.

Meanwhile, at least two major candidates have emerged to take on Newsom in a prospective recall match-up – former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and 2018 GOP nominee John Cox.

Another name, former U.S. Ambassador to Germany and Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, has also emerged as a potential GOP contender.

Alex Tavlian is the Executive Editor of The San Joaquin Valley Sun and Executive Director of Valley Future Foundation. You can reach Alex at