A Profile of California Gov. Gray Davis NPR's Ina Jaffe profiles California Gov. Gray Davis, the first statewide elected official ever to face a recall vote. Davis was re-elected last year by a five-point margin, but since then unemployment has risen, the budget shortfall has grown and the governor's approval rating has fallen to about one in five voters. He has strained relations with the legislature, including fellow Democrats. Still, he has been written off before but has managed to survive for nearly three decades in California politics.