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California Governor Recall Results: Gavin Newsom Wins

He'll remain in office, AP projects

(Newser) - California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday became the second governor in US history to defeat a recall aimed at kicking him out of office early, a contest the Democratic governor crafted as part of national battle for his party’s values in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and lingering...

Matthew McConaughey Offers Up Weird July 4 Speech

Actor certainly seems to be gearing up for a gubernatorial campaign

(Newser) - Stump speech via social media? Matthew McConaughey celebrated Independence Day by posting a video to Twitter , Facebook , and Instagram on July 4 wishing America a happy 245th birthday—and a lot more. The native Texan talked about the "growing pains" the US is going through, noting that in terms...

VA Primary Results Are Good News for McAuliffe

Former governor wins Democratic gubernatorial primary

(Newser) - Terry McAuliffe, the energetic former Virginia governor and longtime fixture of Democratic politics, won the party’s nomination Tuesday in his quest for a second term in office, the AP reports. McAuliffe, 64, will go on to face GOP nominee and political newcomer Glenn Youngkin in the November general election,...

Andrew Giuliani: 'I Am Going to Be Governor of New York'

Son of Rudy Giuliani announces candidacy, attacks incumbent

(Newser) - Perhaps this first-time candidate didn't think running New York City would be enough of a challenge: Andrew Giuliani is set to officially announce his candidacy for New York governor on Tuesday afternoon, though he's already let the cat out the bag in his Twitter bio and in interviews,...

Caitlyn Jenner Caught in Fib About Voting Record

She said she didn't vote in 2020, but records show otherwise

(Newser) - Caitlyn Jenner told CNN on Tuesday that she "didn't even vote" in November's presidential election. "Out here in California, it's like, why vote for a Republican president?" she said from her home in Malibu, Calif., adding she didn't have a position on 12 measures...

Caitlyn Jenner Gives First Interview as Candidate

She tells Hannity she's ready to replace Gavin Newsom in California

(Newser) - Caitlyn Jenner wants to be governor of California—but despite her extensive reality TV history, critics say she doesn't seem ready for prime time. The Republican appeared on Fox News on Wednesday night and told Sean Hannity that it was "not an easy decision" to enter the race,...

Caitlyn Jenner Throws Her Political Hat Into the Ring

She's running for governor of California, hoping to replace Gavin Newsom in recall election

(Newser) - "I'm in!" That was the start of a big announcement from Caitlyn Jenner on Friday, after rumors had circulated that she was considering running for governor of California. Axios first reported on Friday that the 71-year-old retired Olympian, reality TV star, and transgender rights activist had filed...

Gov. McConaughey? Polls Say Alright, Alright, Alright

Actor is currently at 45% to Gov. Abbott's 33%, if he runs in Texas

(Newser) - Matthew McConaughey has been talking about a gubernatorial run in his home state of Texas for a few months now , and if he does actually enter next year's race, a new poll gives him pretty good odds. Specifically, the Dallas Morning News/University of Texas at Tyler poll finds that...

Trump Supporter Vying for NY Governor May Face a Giuliani

Andrew Giuliani expresses interest, while Rep. Lee Zeldin announces bid

(Newser) - A big-name Republican has thrown his hat in the ring to vie for governor of New York. Rep. Rep. Lee Zeldin announced his bid to challenge Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo in 2022 on Fox & Friends Thursday following weeks of pressure from allies of former President Trump, whom Zeldin staunchly...

McConaughey: My New Role Could Be Governor

He says Texas run is a 'true consideration'

(Newser) - Matthew McConaughey is seriously considering doing something highly unusual for an actor—running for governor of a state that isn't California. The True Detective star told Crime Stoppers of Houston's Balanced Voice podcast Wednesday that a run for Texas governor is now a "true consideration," Fox...

Florida's Gillum Decides on Race for Governor

The Democrat re-concedes gubernatorial race

(Newser) - Andrew Gillum has ended his race for Florida governor, Time reports. In a Facebook video, the Democrat conceded the race Saturday after finding himself 30,000 votes behind Republican Ron DeSantis in a legally mandated machine recount. DeSantis' margin was above the 0.25 percentage points required for a manual...

In Contentious Ga. Governor's Race, Kemp Resigns as Secretary of State

Stacey Abrams is still hoping for a runoff

(Newser) - Republican Brian Kemp resigned Thursday as Georgia's secretary of state, a day after his campaign said he has enough votes to become Georgia governor, even though his election rival is conceding nothing in one of the nation's marquee midterm races. As the state's top election official, Kemp...

Oprah Is Knocking on Doors in Contentious Georgia Race

Winfrey stumps for Stacey Abrams

(Newser) - Oprah Winfrey isn't just appearing at rallies Thursday for Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams: The talk show queen is literally going door to door to get out the vote. "U never know who’s gonna come a knocking! #teamabrams," Winfrey posted on Instagram alongside a video of...

Jimmy Carter to Ga. Official: Step Down Before Election

Carter sends letter to secretary of state Brian Kemp in contentious gubernatorial race

(Newser) - Former President Jimmy Carter is wading into the contentious Georgia governor's race with a personal appeal to Republican candidate Brian Kemp: Resign as secretary of state to avoid damaging public confidence in the outcome of his hotly contested matchup with Democrat Stacey Abrams. The 94-year-old Carter's request, made...

Governor Up for Re-Election Makes Gasp-Inducing Announcement

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is dropping out of three-way race, endorses Democrat Mark Begich

(Newser) - Alaska Gov. Bill Walker dropped his re-election bid Friday, three days after the sudden resignation of his lieutenant governor over what Walker described as an inappropriate overture toward a woman. Walker's announcement, made at the Alaska Federation of Natives conference in Anchorage shortly before he was to participate in...

Senator Took Phone of Student With Voter Suppression Question
'Give Me My
Phone Back,

'Give Me My Phone Back, Senator'

David Perdue seemed to have not liked a query on voter suppression while visiting Georgia Tech

(Newser) - As controversy continues to swirl around the Brian Kemp-Stacey Abrams gubernatorial faceoff in Georgia, a senator campaigning for Kemp created one of his own. Kemp, who's currently Georgia's secretary of state, has been accused of trying to purge voter rolls ahead of the November election, and a Georgia...

Alex Trebek Literally Gets Booed as Debate Moderator
Alex Trebek Literally Gets
Booed as Debate Moderator
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Alex Trebek Literally Gets Booed as Debate Moderator

One Pennsylvania newspaper says he turned gubernatorial debate into 'dumpster fire'

(Newser) - It may not be clear who won Monday's debate between Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and his Republican challenger, Scott Wagner. But one thing seems clear based on Tuesday morning's reaction: Moderator Alex Trebek lost. Yes, the Jeopardy! host took on that unusual duty, and the reviews have not...

Cynthia Nixon's Bagel Choice 'Basically Criminal'

Lox on cinnamon raisin? New Yorkers are horrified

(Newser) - Digging into a slice of pizza with a fork is one surefire way to horrify New Yorkers. Another is putting fish on a cinnamon raisin bagel, as Cynthia Nixon did on Sunday. Though it's apparently a thing , the Democratic gubernatorial candidate's "sweet and salty" deli order of...

Florida Gov's Race Just Hit New Racist Low

Anti-Gillum robocall backed by white supremacist group features jungle music, talk of mud huts

(Newser) - Ron DeSantis swears he meant nothing racist by his "monkey this up" comment, but a new robocall in the Florida gubernatorial race definitely did: Set to the background of jungle music and screeching monkeys, the New York Times reports that the minute-long audio clip begins with a man saying,...

Kobach Will Remove Himself From Kansas Vote Tally

Governor's contest remains neck and neck

(Newser) - Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he will recuse himself from the vote tally in the state's tight gubernatorial primary race, which he leads, but barely . Kobach's current job makes him the state's chief elections official, and his opponent—incumbent Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer—has called...

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