Politics Larry Elder Campaign Predicts Defeat, Blames Voter Fraud Before Election Even Starts
Democrats hit out at California Governor candidate Larry Elder
Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder was criticized Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom supporters over his views on racism in America, calling him 'a black face on white supremacy.'Professor Melina Abdullah's comments came in response to Elder's recent interview on The Candace Owens Show, where he argued in favor of reparations for slave owners who had their 'legal property' taken away following the Civil War.
Larry Elder appeared to predict his own defeat in the California recall election even before in-person voting got underway.
Visitors to the Republican challenger's official website have beenthat pre-empts that "instances of undocumented ballots have been discovered," ahead of Tuesday's vote.
Can Larry Elder build 'movement' from California recall?
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In two months, Larry Elder went from conservative talk radio host to leader of the Republican field in the California recall election that could remove Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom from office, drawing national headlines, attracting enthusiastic fans to his rallies and quickly banking millions for his first campaign. Voting concludes Tuesday, and polling suggests Newsom has a solid edge to hold his job. Yet, win or lose, Elder’s star turn within his party is prompting chatter about his political future in the strongly Democratic state, where long-suffering Republicans have been looking for a breakthrough candidate after failing to win a statewide race in
Another passage on the website said: "Statistical analyses used to detect fraud in elections held in third-world nations (such as Russia, Venezuela and Iran) have detected fraud in California resulting in Governorbeing reinstated as Governor."
That is despite the election not having concluded and the results of the recall still being unknown. The link was live on Elder's campaign site as early as Monday, according toNews.
The website "Stop Ca Fraud," which is partly paid for by Elder's campaign team, asks visitors to sign a petition "demanding a special session of the California legislature to investigate and ameliorate the twisted results."
Newsweek has contacted the California Secretary of State and Elder's campaign for comment.
Allegations fly as recall vote looms for California’s Newsom
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a blitz of TV ads and a last-minute rally, California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom urged voters Sunday to turn back a looming recall vote that could remove him from office, while leading Republican Larry Elder broadly criticized the media for what he described as double standards that insulated Newsom from criticism and scrutiny throughout the contest. The sunny, late-summer weekend was a swirl of political activity, as candidates held rallies, continued bus tours and cluttered the TV airwaves with advertising offering their closing arguments in advance of the election that concludes Tuesday.
Last week, Newsom dubbed Elder's talks of voter fraud as an "extension of the Big Lie and 'Stop the Steal.'"
On Friday, the governor told reporters "we're four days out, the election hasn't even happened, and now they're all claiming election fraud. I think that's important to highlight that."
Elder, 69, has previously expressed support for former President's unfounded claims that massive voter fraud swung the 2020 presidential election in 's favor.
The conservative radio host has also refused to comment on whether he wouldshould he lose.
Speaking with's Jacob Soboroff on Monday, Elder said: "I think we all ought to be looking at election integrity.
"No matter whether you're a Democrat, an independent or a Republican. Let's all make sure that the election is a fair election. So let's all work together. No matter what the results are, to make sure that the results are valid and legitimate and everybody who voted should have voted."
Interview with Larry Elder: 'Unlike Gavin Newsom, I will abide by the rules'
EXCLUSIVE — The California recall election is Sept. 14, and Larry Elder has emerged as the leading Republican candidate to challenge Gov. Gavin Newsom. Elder is a longtime critic of Newsom. He has routinely said that “we have a state to save” when referring to Newsom and the movement to oust him. © Provided by Washington Examiner Elder has emphasized “common sense” as the remedy to Newsom. It’s also one of the reasons he is running for governor. “I’ve got common sense, something sadly lacking in Sacramento, especially under this smug, corrupt governor,” his campaign website says.
Elder then ignored Soboroff's follow-up questions about whether he would accept the results of the election.
Lee Drutman, a senior fellow at the New America think tank, has saidhave been increasingly utilized baseless claims of election fraud.
He told NBC News: "This is really becoming the standard GOP playbook. This is democracy 101. If you don't have elections that are accepted and decisive, then you don't really have a democracy, because the alternative is violence or authoritarianism."
to survive the recall attempt, with the Democrat enjoying an average poll lead of 16.6 percent, according to analysis site FiveThirtyEight.
The last time Republicans controlled the governorship of California was when action movie star-turned-politicianwon a recall election against Democrat Gray Davis in 2003.
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The Big Lie didn't overturn the result of the 2020 election, and it didn't work to get Newsom out of office. But it does consistently rally the conservative base and raise huge amounts of money, encouraging Republicans to keep spreading it, writes Jeff Yang.The recall was never anchored in any concrete failure on Newsom's part; not even the effort's most vocal leaders could ever articulate a compelling reason why voters should remove him, or explain why anyone in the crowded clown car of alternative choices would govern better.