California counties with high Covid vaccination rates helped Newsom win the recall election

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California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks to members of the media aft gathering students astatine Melrose Leadership Academy during a schoolhouse sojourn successful Oakland, California connected Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom has called his decisive victory successful this week's callback predetermination a triumph for vaccines and science. The information backs him up.

A CNBC investigation of county-level results—which are preliminary arsenic mail-in ballots proceed to beryllium tallied—found a beardown nexus betwixt enactment for Newsom and counties with precocious Covid vaccination rates arsenic of Election Day, Sept. 14.  

People successful counties with precocious Covid vaccination rates overwhelmingly voted to support him successful office. Conversely, radical successful counties with little vaccination rates voted to oust the governor. 

"No is not the lone happening expressed tonight. I privation to absorption connected what we said yes to arsenic a state," Newsom said precocious Tuesday successful Sacramento, thanking his supporters. "We said yes to science, we said yes to vaccines, we said yes to ending this pandemic." 

The investigation besides reveals that radical successful galore smaller California counties were little apt to enactment Newsom and get vaccinated. 

Of the 23 counties with less than 100,000 residents, 17, oregon astir three-quarters, voted "yes" connected the recall. Meanwhile, lone 10 of the 35 counties with much than 100,000 residents voted successful favour of the recall. 

Those tiny counties were besides much apt to person little vaccination rates. Eighteen of the 23 reported little than 50% of residents were afloat vaccinated arsenic of Election Day, Sept. 14, according to a CNBC investigation of California Department of Public Health data.

Lassen County, for example, has an estimated colonisation of astir 30,600 arsenic of 2019 and existent a vaccination complaint of astir 22%. Roughly 84% of its voters voted "yes" connected the recall.

Similarly, Modoc County has an estimated colonisation of 8,800 arsenic of 2019 and a existent vaccination complaint of 36.3%. Seventy-eight percent of its voters besides favored the recall.

On the different extremity of the spectrum, Los Angeles County has an estimated colonisation of implicit 10 cardinal arsenic of 2019 and a vaccination complaint of 59.5%. Its voters powerfully supported Newsom, with 70.8% voting "no" connected the recall. 

The bulk of counties that are classified arsenic agrarian oregon mostly agrarian were besides little apt to enactment Newsom and get vaccinated, according to the Census Bureau's latest agrarian country information from 2010. The Census Bureau defines rural arsenic immoderate population, lodging oregon territory not wrong an municipality area, oregon areas with 50,000 oregon much residents.

Ten retired of the 11 counties classified arsenic agrarian oregon mostly agrarian successful California voted "yes" connected the recall. This includes Amador County, Calaveras County, Lassen County, Mariposa County, Modoc County, Plumas County, Sierra County, Siskiyou County, Tehama County and Trinity County, according to information from the California Secretary of State.

As of Election Day, each 10 of those counties reported vaccinations rates beneath 50%, according to CNBC's analysis.

President Joe Biden, who campaigned alongside Newsom connected the eve of Election Day, echoed the governor's sentiment astir his victory.

"This ballot is simply a resounding triumph for the attack that helium and I stock to beating the pandemic: beardown vaccine requirements, beardown steps to reopen schools safely, and beardown plans to administer existent medicines—not fake treatments—to assistance those who get sick," Biden said successful a connection Wednesday.

While the preliminary results of the predetermination suggest that the bulk of Californians enactment the state's pandemic measures, Newsom's effect to Covid was initially what enactment his governmental destiny successful jeopardy. 

Statewide disguise mandates, stay-at-home orders and a maskless quality by the politician astatine a high-end Napa Valley edifice during the tallness of surging Covid cases helped the callback petition summation traction precocious past year, prompting astir 1.5 cardinal Californians to motion it. 

However, Newsom's handling of the pandemic successful caller months, including his rollout of vaccines and mandates, became 1 of his strengths successful the callback election.

The politician introduced Covid vaccine requirements for authorities employees and healthcare workers successful precocious July, which took effect connected Aug. 5.  He besides implemented akin vaccine requirements for teachers and different schoolhouse staff, a first-in-the-nation measurement that took effect connected Aug. 12. 

California Governor Gavin Newsom attends a quality league to motorboat a coronavirus illness (COVID-19) vaccination supersite successful San Diego, California, February 8, 2021.

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In the weeks starring up to the election, Newsom's run slammed blimpish speech amusement big Larry Elder, the Republican frontrunner, for pledging to reverse specified vaccine mandates and different pandemic measures. 

The governor's vigorous campaigning besides touted the state's precocious vaccination rates successful caller months. As of Friday, 59.23% of the state's colonisation is afloat vaccinated, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. 

A September survey released up of the callback predetermination showed that much than 3 successful 4 Californians deliberation the authorities authorities is doing an "excellent oregon bully job" astatine distributing Covid-19 vaccines. And astir 6 of 10 said they o.k. of the mode Newsom has responded to the pandemic overall, according to the survey conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California. 

"While a tiny radical of craven, venal con-artists successful the Republican enactment effort to get attraction by undermining spot successful subject and nationalist health, the immense bulk of Americans haven't been fooled—they recognize that vaccinations prevention lives," said Los Angeles-based Democratic advisor Michael Soneff successful an email.

"Fortunately, a bulk of Americans recognize that vaccinations prevention lives, and enactment communal consciousness vaccine mandates," Soneff continued. 

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