Politics Larry Elder Leads Gavin Newsom Recall Challengers By 10 Points in New Poll
Conservative radio host Larry Elder joins Gavin Newsom recall race: 'We've got a state to save'
Conservative radio host Larry Elder officially kicked off his recall challenge to California’s Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom Tuesday, announcing “We’ve got a state to save” and adding a nationally known name into the race to replace the embattled politician. "People are fed up," the 69-year-old attorney told Fox News in an afternoon phone call. "2.2 million people signed this petition, which meant a lot of Democrats and a lot of independents who voted for this man changed their minds." Newsom first won the election in 2018 in a landslide.
Conservative radio host Larry Elder is leading the field of candidates running to remove California Gov.from office by way of a recall election scheduled to take place on Sept. 14, according to a new poll released Wednesday.
The Inside California Politics and Emerson College poll found California voters favored Elder by 10 points when asked which of the recall candidates they planned to support.
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Speaking with KRON-TV Wednesday evening, Elder said he announced his candidacy earlier this month, and has thus not been a candidate in the race to recall Newsom for long. Elder credited his public profile as a nationally syndicated radio host with his showing in the poll.
"I think the reason I've done so well is because I'm pretty well-known in this state," Elder said. "People know what I stand for and know what I believe."
While 16 percent of poll respondents said they intended to vote for Elder, businessman John Cox and former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer each received 6 percent of voter support in the poll. Earlier polls conducted in the spring before Elder announced his campaign found Cox and Faulconer, both, vying for the lead.
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Conservative talk show host Larry Elder announced Monday he's running to be the next governor of the Golden State, calling Gavin Newsom an "arrogant Democrat."After Elder indicated earlier this month he was considering joining the recall race against Gavin Newsom, on Monday he made the news official on his radio show.
Reality television personality and Olympian Caitlyn Jenner garnered 4 percent of support from voters, as did state lawmaker Kevin Kiley. YouTube personality Kevin Paffrath polled at 2 percent, while an additional 8 percent of the polled voters said they intended to support another candidate. The remaining 53 percent of respondents said they weren't yet sure who they would support.
Though the poll showed Elder leading among the recall candidates by double digits, California voters first have to decide to remove Newsom from office before a decision can be made about who will replace him. The first of two questions on the recall ballot will ask voters if they want Newsom to leave office before his term officially ends next year. If more than 50 percent of voters say they do, the recall candidate who receives the greatest number of votes will be the one to replace him.
Radio host Larry Elder enters California recall election
Conservative radio talk show host Larry Elder entered California’s Sept. 14 recall election on Monday, bringing a well-known voice on the political right to a muddled Republican field trying to oust first-term Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. © Provided by Associated Press California Recall Elder, whose show is nationally syndicated, is a regular guest on Fox News. He's dubbed the "sage from South Central" on his website, a reference to the area of Los Angeles where he grew up.
According to Wednesday's poll, 43 percent of respondents said they wanted Newsom recalled. An additional 9 percent said they were undecided, while 48 percent said they preferred to keep Newsom in office. The poll was conducted among 1,085 registered California voters on July 19 and July 20 with a 2.9 percent margin of error, according to Inside California Politics.
California election officials released the state'son Wednesday evening, a few hours after the poll was released. The updated list includes 46 candidates who qualified to run in the recall election, five more than were on a preliminary list released last week.
Elder was one of the five candidates whose name was added. He sued California Secretary of State Shirley Weber's office on Monday contesting her decision to leave his name off the preliminary list, and a judgeWednesday afternoon.
Newsweek reached out to Newsom's campaign for comment and will update this article with any response.
Conservative Radio Host Larry Elder Enters California Recall Election .
“I have common sense. I have good judgment. I’m born and raised here. I think I understand the state,” Elder told the Associated Press. “I know it’s a long shot,” but Elder said he had a “fire in the belly to see if I can do something . . . to move the needle in the right direction.” A recall petition against current Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, gained steam during the coronavirus pandemic. Newsom faced backlash from parents frustrated over the state’s inability to reopen public schools, and his popularity has fallen amid business closures.