Gavin Newsom’s mental health bond measure set to eke out win

SAN FRANCISCO, California — Opponents of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D-CA) multibillion-dollar bond measure, pitched as vital to solving the state’s mental health and homelessness crisis, conceded Tuesday it would likely pass following days of doubt in an extremely close race.

The concession in the nail-biter contest comes a week after Proposition 1 appeared on the March 5 ballot and underscored skepticism from wary voters that throwing more money at an ever-growing problem won’t solve it. The race still hasn’t been called, but as things stand, the “yes” vote has 50.18%, with 90% of the votes counted.

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) speaks at a Proposition 1 campaign event at the Service Employees International Union office in San Francisco on Monday, March 4, 2024. (AP Photo/Terry Chea)

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