French Laundry. Pandemic. Trump. Chaos. All played big as voters cast recall ballots

To hear many at the polls on Tuesday, the effort to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom was just another political end run by Trump supporters to bypass the normal election process when they didn’t have majority support.

“I thought all this was going to end after Trump lost,” said Terry Lee, a 78-year-old San Bernardino resident voting against the recall Tuesday. “He argued voter fraud, and [the votes] were recounted and recounted and it changed nothing. But that’s not good enough, is it?”

To hear others, Newsom failed spectacularly in overreacting to the pandemic and is driving California into the dumps.