Gov. Gavin Newsom (D., Calif.) is more than halfway through a campaign to recall him after criticism of his handling of the outbreak and for violating his own quarantine order.
Fox News reported that the campaign to oust Mr. Newsom needs to gather about 1.5 million signatures by mid-March to trigger a recall vote in the middle of next year.
Recall promoters said they had collected more than half of the threshold needed to trigger a recall vote and still had several months to gather the remaining signatures.
Randy Economy, a senior adviser to the recall campaign, told Fox News that the group had collected between 88,000 and 840,000 signatures as of Wednesday.
Mr Iconami said the campaign hoped to reach the threshold of co-signatories needed to trigger the recall vote by mid-January and the end of January. A spokesman for Newsom’s office did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News.
Iconami noted that the “grassroots” campaign, which includes supporters of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and fans of President Donald Trump, is nonpartisan.
Newsom has been criticised for a number of recent incidents this year, notably his breach of his strict COVID-19 protection limits at an indoor dinner party last month.
The party’s attendees were clustered in expensive restaurants, sitting close together and without masks. Mr Newsom eventually apologised for the incident, which he described as a “serious mistake”.
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger took over in 2003 after Former Gov. Gray Davis was ousted, becoming the first governor to be ousted since 1921.