• Kevin Hessel

Nearly 8 in 10 Tiburon Peninsula voters backed Newsom in recall vote

Tiburon Peninsula voters overwhelmingly backed Gov. Gavin Newsom in last week’s failed recall election that attempted to kick the Democrat out of office 15 months early.


In fact, despite a number of tight statewide polls and Democratic concerns there would be in-party apathy and Republican enthusiasm at the ballot box, early returns show voters on the peninsula and statewide backed Newsom by a higher percentage on Sept. 14 than they did to put him into California’s top office three years ago.


In Marin, the leading candidate to replace Newsom was no one at all: More voters left the second question blank, 61.7 percent, than selected any of the 46 replacement options combined. Elder collected 10.5 percent of all votes for a 27.4-percent share among the candidates.


In Tiburon, some 78.4 percent of voters backed Newsom in the recall campaign as of The Ark’s Sept. 20 press deadline, where 73.5 percent picked him in 2019. Some 56.6 percent of voters selected no one to replace him as governor, followed by 13.9 percent for Elder, 7.3 percent for Faulconer and 6.7 percent for Paffrath. Tiburon’s turnout was 63.7 percent to date, with 98.6 percent of voters casting their ballots by mail.


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