The California Recall Election Is Today. Here’s What You Need to Know.

Ready or not, here come the election results.

The polls close this evening in the recall vote to decide whether Gov. Gavin Newsom should keep his job.

Already, there are some clues as to how things may play out: Nearly 40 percent of ballots were in as of Monday evening, with votes from registered Democrats outnumbering votes from Republicans by more than two to one. And polling increasingly suggests that Newsom won’t be kicked out of office.

But, as we all know, there are no guarantees.

So as Newsom’s campaign entered its final hours on Monday, he made a last pitch to voters with the help of President Biden.

At a rally in Long Beach last night, Newsom warned that Californians “may have defeated Donald Trump, but we have not defeated Trumpism.”

Biden went one step further and called Larry Elder, a conservative talk radio host and the front-runner challenging Newsom, “the clone of Donald Trump.”

“Can you imagine him being governor of this state?” Biden asked a crowd of hundreds gathered in the quad at Long Beach City College. “We can’t let that happen.”

Californians voting in this election are answering just two questions: Should Newsom be recalled from office? And if so, who should replace him?

Newsom needs to secure more than 50 percent of the vote in the first question to retain his job.

If he doesn’t, then the second question — where Elder’s name and 45 others’ appear — comes into play. Whoever gets the most votes there would become the next governor.

When we will know who won

The polls close here at 8 p.m., and it will take a while to count the ballots cast in person. But county workers have been opening and processing early ballots for weeks, and those results could be available almost immediately.

If the race is not super tight, as the polls are currently predicting, the math could be clear a few hours after 8 p.m., my colleague Shawn Hubler reports.

The first numbers released tomorrow will probably show Newsom winning in a landslide, though that gap will most likely narrow — but not fully close — as the night goes on, experts say.

Republicans are more likely to vote in person than Democrats, so the votes that come in later will be skewed against Newsom while the mail-in ballots that are counted first will be disproportionately from Democrats.

If the early results show a close race, then that could mean there is a wave of Democrats who voted against Newsom that polling has missed, The San Francisco Chronicle reports. In that case, the final election results could take longer to determine, with the tallies possibly stretching on for weeks.

Follow our results tracker and Election Day updates at nytimes.com.

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Today’s California travel tip comes from Chris Boerner, a reader who lives in Grand Junction, Colo.

Chris recommends Redwood National and State Parks’ Fern Canyon, which he calls “a magical place.”

Tell us about your favorite spots to visit in California. Email your suggestions to CAtoday@nytimes.com. We’ll be sharing more in upcoming editions of the newsletter.


In “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” the new Marvel movie, our hero throws fists at his attackers on a Muni bus in San Francisco.

Sure, it’s a gripping action sequence, but it’s also educational: The scenes of Muni zipping through Chinatown have resurfaced a key piece of a history within San Francisco’s Chinese community, reports KQED.

As Chinese immigration rose in San Francisco in the 1960s and ’70s, Chinese communities began to expand throughout the city, though Chinatown remained a social and political hub.

So the Chinese American community started pushing for transportation lines that would connect other neighborhoods to Chinatown so they could stay in touch with their heritage.

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