Newsom projected to survive recall prompted by voter anger over COVID restrictions

If a majority of voters vote "Yes" to recall the governor, then he'll be removed from office and the top vote-getter on the ballot's second question — about who should replace Newsom — will take over as the state's chief executive. 
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Governor Gavin Newsom Announces He Will Sign Moratorium On Executions In California
Governor Gavin Newsom Announces He Will Sign Moratorium On Executions In California
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With the polls closed in California, where Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom is projected to survive a recall vote and retain his office. 

The first returns showed the "No" (do not recall) vote leading the race with 61%. 

Voters voted on two questions: "Yes" or "No" on whether to recall the governor, and who should replace him in the event of a majority favoring his recall.

Opinion polling prior to final voting in Tuesday's election showed the "No" vote leading the race by a substantial margin, in a state where Democrats hold a two-to-one registration advantage over Republicans. 

This is a developing story.