On Tuesday, California voters cast ballots in a recall election for their state’s governor, Gavin Newsom. Republicans point to California’s ongoing troubles with homelessness, crime, and escalating housing costs that they say the Democratic governor has made worse. Republicans hoped the recall would oust Newsom and replace him with conservative radio talk show host Larry Elder. But Californians voted almost two to one to keep their elected governor for the rest of his term.
Editorial cartoons can be powerful media for expressing opinions and ideas with few or no words. This cartoonist is making a statement about the California governor’s performance and the people’s choice. What do you think the picture is saying?