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Newsom winning recall fight

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN campaigned for Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is facing recall. Final voting is today/Tuesday.

UPDATE: With 58 percent of the expected vote in, 67 percent of ballot cast were in favor of retaining Gov. Gavin Newsom, while 33 percent favored recalling him.

According to the Los Angeles Times, 2,555,002 votes have been counted in support of the recall and 5,337,858 against.

In the replacement balloting, Larry Elder was leading the field with 42.6 percent (1.7 million votes).

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The question of whether or not to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom from office is today in the hands of California voters, and has been for weeks.

Polls will close across the Golden State at 8 p.m. but millions of ballots have already been cast at vote centers, drop-off boxes and by mail.

The final average of polls on the recall – as calculated and evaluated by the fivethirtyeight.com – shows 57.3 percent of likely voters supporting keeping Newsom in office, and 41.5 percent backing his removal.

Among those on the ballot as replacement candidates, conservative radio personality Larry Elder is the favorite, polls show.

Whatever the result, the now-familiar accusation of voter fraud is likely to be raised. Former President Donald Trump on Newsmax last week said, “It’s probably rigged. … I guess you even have a case where you can make your own ballot. When that happens, nobody’s gonna win except those Democrats.”

Trump made the unsupported allegation in 2020 that the presidential election was rigged and that he, not Joe Biden, had actually been elected. He also claimed election fraud in 2016 when Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, although the Electoral College went for Trump.

We will post election results as they become available.

Nicholas dumping flood water on Texas

SATELLITE image of Nicholas (NWS).

Heavy rains leading to flooding are lashing the Texas coast today, as Hurricane Nicholas moved inland.

According to USA Today, 40 mile-an-hour winds are pushing flash flooding that could affect large areas of the Deep South. Over half a million homes and businesses are without electrical power in Texas and another 100,000 were powerless as well in Louisiana, although some of those are still affected by the impact of Hurricane Ida, which hit two weeks ago.

Galveston is reporting 14 inches of rainfall and Houston six inches. In some areas, the storm’s downpour could total 20 inches.

Sports: Kershaw’s back, Dodgers win

The good news for Dodger fans from Monday is that Clayton Kershaw is back and pitched 4.1 strong innings as the Blue Crew (92-53) defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1. The not-as-good news is that they failed to gain any ground on the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants (95-50), who stayed 2.5 games ahead with a 9-1 win over the San Diego Padres, thereby clinching a playoff spot.

The Dodgers will host the D-backs again today at 7:10 p.m.

The Angels (70-73) had Monday off and will resume action today in Chicago against the White Sox.

Weather: It’s back to the Seventies!

No, not to the era of disco and polyester. Daytime highs in the West Orange County area will be in the 70s for a stretch from Thursday through Sunday. Wednesday is forecast to have a high of 80 (overnight low of 61). After that, temps will drop to 78 on Thursday and Friday and then 79 on Saturday and 77 on Sunday. The next few days will be partly cloudy giving way to sunny skies on Saturday. In the coastal areas of Huntington Beach, highs will be seven to eight degrees cooler.

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