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Mountain View voters overwhelmingly opposed recall effort, election results show

Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks to media about the state's multi-billion dollar budget to support the unhoused and anyone with unpaid rent due to the pandemic, at LifeMoves Mountain View on June 25, 2021. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

Gov. Gavin Newsom prevailed in the state's recall election this week, with nearly two-thirds of voters across the state voting against ousting him from public office. Opposition to the recall was strongest in left-leaning coastal areas, and Mountain View was no exception.

Election results as of Friday morning show just over 20,000 Mountain View voters opposed the recall, amounting to more than 83% of the ballots cast in the city. This is higher than the 75% of voters across Santa Clara County who voted against the recall, and much higher than the 63.7% of voters statewide.

Local residents appeared less than enthused about the 46 alternative candidates, however, with just under half of those who weighed in on the recall picking a possible successor. Democratic candidate Kevin Paffrath received the most votes at 3,267 (27.3%), followed by Republican Larry Elder at 2,442 (20.4%) and former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer at 1,160 (9.7%).

Elder, the frontrunning opponent to Newsom across California, won the most replacement votes by a large margin in Santa Clara County, making Mountain View the outlier. Paffrath billed himself as a centrist Democrat during the election with a career as a YouTube personality and real estate investor, and a platform that included everything from pro-housing initiatives to building a pipeline to funnel water from the Mississippi River to California.

Opposition to the recall was uniform across all voting precincts in Mountain View, with the highest percentages of people voting "no" in Old Mountain View and the Shoreline West areas of the city at 86.8%. Only one precinct, which encompasses Waverly Park and part of the Martens-Carmelita neighborhood, dipped slightly below 80% in favor of rejecting the recall.

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Among replacement votes, Old Mountain View stuck out with the highest support for Paffrath at 32.5% as well as the lowest support for Elder at 14.5%.

Mountain View's voter turnout in the special election fell short of the norm for presidential and midterm elections, with 60.6% of registered voters casting a ballot in the Sept. 14 recall election. By comparison, the city's voter turnout exceeded 77% in the 2018 general election and 84% in the November 2020 election. Countywide, voter turnout dipped to 52.8% for the recall vote.

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Mountain View voters overwhelmingly opposed recall effort, election results show

by / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Fri, Sep 17, 2021, 1:02 pm

Gov. Gavin Newsom prevailed in the state's recall election this week, with nearly two-thirds of voters across the state voting against ousting him from public office. Opposition to the recall was strongest in left-leaning coastal areas, and Mountain View was no exception.

Election results as of Friday morning show just over 20,000 Mountain View voters opposed the recall, amounting to more than 83% of the ballots cast in the city. This is higher than the 75% of voters across Santa Clara County who voted against the recall, and much higher than the 63.7% of voters statewide.

Local residents appeared less than enthused about the 46 alternative candidates, however, with just under half of those who weighed in on the recall picking a possible successor. Democratic candidate Kevin Paffrath received the most votes at 3,267 (27.3%), followed by Republican Larry Elder at 2,442 (20.4%) and former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer at 1,160 (9.7%).

Elder, the frontrunning opponent to Newsom across California, won the most replacement votes by a large margin in Santa Clara County, making Mountain View the outlier. Paffrath billed himself as a centrist Democrat during the election with a career as a YouTube personality and real estate investor, and a platform that included everything from pro-housing initiatives to building a pipeline to funnel water from the Mississippi River to California.

Opposition to the recall was uniform across all voting precincts in Mountain View, with the highest percentages of people voting "no" in Old Mountain View and the Shoreline West areas of the city at 86.8%. Only one precinct, which encompasses Waverly Park and part of the Martens-Carmelita neighborhood, dipped slightly below 80% in favor of rejecting the recall.

Among replacement votes, Old Mountain View stuck out with the highest support for Paffrath at 32.5% as well as the lowest support for Elder at 14.5%.

Mountain View's voter turnout in the special election fell short of the norm for presidential and midterm elections, with 60.6% of registered voters casting a ballot in the Sept. 14 recall election. By comparison, the city's voter turnout exceeded 77% in the 2018 general election and 84% in the November 2020 election. Countywide, voter turnout dipped to 52.8% for the recall vote.

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Raymond
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Monta Loma
on Sep 17, 2021 at 2:37 pm
Raymond , Monta Loma
Registered user
on Sep 17, 2021 at 2:37 pm

Mountain View residents are well-educated and intelligent, but much of what they know is nonsense. We are three days past the election and what has Gavin given us? The elimination of local zoning, so that our residential neighborhoods can be destroyed by outside & real estate interests. Talk about voting against your own interests!
We will also see Sacramento favor the public sector unions which provided Gavin with at least $9 million. Parent leverage on school boards is weakened. Further strangulation of charter schools is likely to occur, continuing the entrapment of minorities in failing public schools.
Crime is likely to rise as we allow the "justice-involved" to walk freely among their victims and witnesses.
Cosmetic policies to "address" climate change will proceed, with handouts to the rich while population growth is favored, damaging the planet.


SP Phil
Registered user
Shoreline West
on Sep 17, 2021 at 5:45 pm
SP Phil, Shoreline West
Registered user
on Sep 17, 2021 at 5:45 pm

Raymond, most of the items on your list are NOT controlled by the governor. Go back to and examine each item. Most are actions by the stste legislature and have wide support, if not yours. The reference to what has the governor done in three days since the recall is ludicrous.


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