Siskiyou County voters buck trend: 58% supported Newsom recall, Elder

Skye Kinkade
Siskiyou Daily News
President Biden urges California voters to reject the recall against Gov. Newsom and the Republican front-runner, Larry Elder.

While California overwhelmingly rejected removing Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday, Siskiyou County voters bucked that trend in a big way.

In Siskiyou County, the percentage of the vote in favor of recalling Newsom was 58.69%, or 8,257 votes. The percentage of local votes against the recall was 41.31%, or 5,811 votes.

On Wednesday morning, the state reported unofficial results that showed voters in California rejected the recall of Newsom, 63.9% to 36.1%.

The leading candidate vying to replace the first-term Democrat, Republican Larry Elder, conceded in a speech given around 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Elder captured the lion's share of votes to replace Newsom in Siskiyou County, with 5,801 votes, or 58.58%. The second most vote-getter was Kevin Kiley, who garnered 587 votes, followed by Ted Gaines with 399 votes.

Here's how other North State counties voted

Shasta County voters were even more in favor of the recall, with 66.3% voting in favor of his removal. 

Meanwhile, voters in Tehama County also overwhelmingly supported to recall. The percentage of vote to remove Newsom captured 73.8%, or 5,721 votes. The percentage of vote rejecting the recall was 26.2%, or 2,035 votes.

A majority of Trinity County voters also supported the recall as 54.3% voted yes, or 2,079 voters. The percentage of vote rejecting the recall was 45.7%, or 1,747 votes.

The margin in Butte County was much closer as 35,182 voters supported the recall, or 52.5% of the vote. The percentage of vote not supporting the recall was 47.5%, or 31,774 votes.

Damon Arthur, Michele Chandler and David Benda of the Redding Record Searchlight contributed to this report.

Skye Kinkade is the editor of the Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers and the Siskiyou Daily News. She is a fourth generation, lifelong Siskiyou County resident.