Sacramento’s NBC News affiliate reports:
California on Thursday scheduled a Sept. 14 recall election that threatens to drive Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom from office, the result of a political uprising driven by widespread angst over coronavirus orders that shuttered schools and businesses.
The election in the nation’s most populous state will be a marquee contest with national implications, watched closely as a barometer of the public mood heading toward the 2022 elections, when a closely divided Congress again will be in play.
The date was set by the state’s lieutenant governor after election officials certified that enough valid petition signatures had been turned in to qualify the election for the ballot.
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BREAKING: California has set Sept. 14 as the date for a recall election that threatens to oust Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. The recall campaign against Newsom was driven by widespread angst over coronavirus orders that shuttered schools and businesses. https://t.co/4iwjwLHCoD
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 1, 2021