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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – Will Gov. Gavin Newsom stay or will he go?

KRON4 is following today’s gubernatorial recall election that will decide the fate of Gov. Newsom.

Californians are casting the last of the ballots right now that will decide whether Gov. Newsom continues to lead or if the nation’s most populous state veers in a more conservative direction amid anger over his actions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier Tuesday, Gov. Newsom made his final anti-recall campaign stop in San Francisco, where he met with volunteers who have helped get people out to the polls.

He was most recently in San Francisco for his campaign exactly one week ago, surrounded by longtime political allies like Mayor London Breed, and even past opponents. Newsom was elected mayor in 2003 and re-elected in 2007, before becoming Lt. Governor of California.

KRON4 has live team coverage all across the Bay Area and across the state tonight.

San Francisco

KRON4’s Dan Kerman is live from San Francisco.

Santa Clara County

KRON4’s Rob Fladeboe joins us live from Santa Clara County where election officials are welcoming last-minute voters this afternoon.


KRON4’s Dan Thorn is in Sacramento with the latest from Gov. Gavin Newsom in his final plea to voters to keep him around.

Placer County

Meanwhile, gubernatorial candidate Kevin Kiley is also preparing for tonight’s recall election results. KTXL’s Bridgett Bjorlo reports live from Placer County.

Orange County

Republican organizers gathered enough signatures – 12% of voters from the last election that come from at least five different counties – to prompt the recall election against Newsom.

If a majority of voters oppose the recall, Newsom will remain in office.

If the recall is approved, a second question on the ballot asked voters to choose between 46 candidates, and the winner would just need to have the most votes, even if it is not a majority.

People can return their vote-by-mail ballot by mail as long as it’s postmarked by Tuesday, Sept. 14.

Elections officials have 30 days to count the votes.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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