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Central, South Coast Voters Overwhelmingly Reject Attempt To Recall Governor

Last-minute voters at Thousand Oaks High School Tuesday night, minutes before the polls closed.

Santa Barbara County voters reject effort by a 65% margin; Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties say no at closer to 60%.

Voters in the Central and South Coast rejected the effort to recall California Governor Gavin Newsom by substantial margins.

In Ventura County, voters turned it back by a 59.54% to 40.46% margin. 235,000 votes were counted, with a 47% voter turnout.

Santa Barbara County said no to the recall by a 65% to 35% margin. 105,000 votes were counted, for a 44% turnout.

And, San Luis Obispo County voters rejected it 58.54% to 41.46%. 56,490 votes were counted, for a 31% voter turnout.

The final election night results will change slightly during the next few days, as more mail-in ballots are counted.

Voters in all three counties made Republican talk show host Larry Elder their top choice of the 46 candidates to replace the Governor had he been recalled. And, Democrat Kevin Paffrath of Ventura, an investor and YouTube star, was the second highest vote-getter in the Tri-Counties.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.