Polls have formally closed in California, however whether or not the state’s governor will get to hold his job is probably going to stay unclear for at the least a pair extra hours.
Or, if the race is tighter than anticipated based mostly on early counts, residents of the nation’s most populous state could have to wait even longer — even weeks — earlier than they know whether Gov. Gavin Newsom has been ousted.
Analysts say they’ve a reasonably good guess of how the method will play out, as a result of hundreds of thousands of Californians have already solid ballots early or by mail.
Thanks to an extension of pandemic election guidelines, all the state’s some 22 million energetic registered voters had been mechanically despatched ballots — a undeniable fact that specialists say has led to excessive turnout for a uniquely timed and, for a lot of, complicated particular election in a yr when voters aren’t already fascinated about who they need to be president or governor.
As of Tuesday, 43 p.c of these 22 million voters had returned their ballots. Most of the ballots which have already been solid had been from registered Democrats, in accordance to Political Data, Inc., a nonpartisan supplier of election information.
Election officers in California’s 58 counties are allowed to start counting votes early, however they’ll’t reveal any outcomes till after polls have closed. Then, they’ve 30 days to full their official canvass and should give vote-by-mail ballots postmarked on Election Day every week to arrive. The licensed depend will not be anticipated till Oct. 22.
But specialists have stated that the state’s electoral math may be very a lot in Mr. Newsom’s favor. Democrats outnumber Republicans two to one. And many extra Democrats than Republicans have returned their ballots already.
Still, many Republicans stated they had been ready to vote in particular person on Election Day, citing claims about election fraud which were proven to be unsubstantiated.
If in-person turnout on Tuesday is critical sufficient, it may tighten the race and drag out the depend.
Polls, nevertheless, have proven Mr. Newsom’s lead widening in latest days.