Gov. Gavin Newsom gives a speech following his projected victory in the recall election at the California Democratic Party headquarters in Sacramento on Sept. 14, 2021. Photo by Anne Wernikoff, CalMatters

Nearly two-thirds of Californians who voted in the recall election voted to keep Gov. Gavin Newsom in office. This week, CalMatters’ Ben Christopher and Laurel Rosenhall join the podcast to discuss what the election outcome means for the 2022 gubernatorial race and the bills sitting on Newsom’s desk from the end of the Legislative session.

“This absolutely empowers him going into 2022,” Rosenhall says. “Newsom is very well set up to minimize the likelihood of a Democratic challenger, and demonstrated that he could handily defeat a Republican challenger.”

Listen to the “California State of Mind” episode, co-hosted by Nicole Nixon and Randol White who is filling in for Nigel Duara, on Apple podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Follow @yourgoldenstate, @CalMatters and @CapRadioNews on Twitter to engage with our show every week and see the top California news of the day.

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