Despite a dwindling population and a budget deficit of nearly $32 billion

Gov. Gavin Newsom is telling Americans "not to count out" the state of California.

During an exclusive interview on "Hannity" Monday, California

Gov. Gavin Newsom made his case for why the state saw a dramatic drop in its

population during 2021 and 2022, and why it is underperforming compared to Florida.

"Per capita, more Floridians move to California than California is moving to Florida,"

Newsom said when challenged on his state’s declining population

The governor stated that 18 states across the country saw a dip in their population as

California’s decline hovered over 0.3%, a first for the state. 

according to the state's Department of Finance, bringing its population back to where it was in 2016.