Republican candidate Caitlyn Jenner received only one percent of the California recall vote.
The 2021 California gubernatorial recall election was a special recall election that concluded on September 14, 2021, in which California voters chose not to recall incumbent Democratic governor Gavin Newsom, elected for the term January 2019 to January 2023.
Forty-six candidates, including nine Democrats and 24 Republicans, ran in the election. Among those on the ballot to replace Governor Newsom was transgender candidate Jenner who received only one percent of the vote which was unsurprising to many.
Out of the 12.6 million votes cast, %62 of voters voted no and %37 voted yes on the recall. If people voted yes, they needed to vote for who would replace Governor Newsom. When taking into consideration the fact that almost half of California voters left question two blank, Jenner received just .6% of the vote of everyone who cast ballots in the recall election.
Jenner took to social media to express her frustration on the results of the recall election stating:
“I can’t believe that this many people actually voted to keep him in office. It’s a shame, honestly.” She continued, “It’s a shame. You kind of get the government you deserve.”
Jenners campaign spent a hefty amount of money. A report from Politico stated, “From the launch of Jenner’s candidacy through the end of July, the campaign raised about $747,000 and spent some $910,000, leaving her campaign with about $156,000 in unpaid bills and roughly $21,000 on hand for the race’s critical final stretch.”
During the campaign many criticized Jenner for her back and forth stance on certain issues including transgender rights and her disbelief in climate change being a factor in the ongoing California wildfires.