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Politics Gavin Newsom Lambasts Larry Elder's Suggestions of Election Fraud With Recall Vote Underway

03:10  15 september  2021
03:10  15 september  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

California recall election: Will the state keep or remove Gov. Gavin Newsom? Results could take time.

  California recall election: Will the state keep or remove Gov. Gavin Newsom? Results could take time. Tuesday is decision day in California and voters in the Golden State will decide whether they will keep Gov. Gavin Newsom or remove him from office.It's been a winding path to get here, but polls show the Democrat is likely to keep his job leading a state that is known nationally as a liberal trendsetter.

California’s gubernatorial recall election has taken another dramatic turn. Incumbent Governor Gavin Newsom weathered a series of uninspiring polls that painted the election as a 50-50 proposition for his removal and enters election day with a double-digit lead in the polls. While the polling data points to a clear Newsom win, Republican candidate Larry Elder , Newsom ’s biggest competitor, has already made claims of voter fraud .On Larry Elder ’ s gubernatorial campaign website, he links to another website that seeks to fight California election fraud .

Larry Elder launched a website Monday alleging voter fraud in the California recall election , even though it won't conclude until Tuesday. Californians were voting in a statewide recall election Tuesday that pits Elder , a conservative radio host, against incumbent Governor Gavin Newsom . It also asks people to report election irregularities. "Join us in this fight as you are able, primarily by signing our petition demanding a special session of the California legislature to investigate and ameliorate the twisted results of this 2021 Recall Election of Governor Gavin Newsom ," the website says.

As California voters choose whether to keep or recall Governor Gavin Newsom, the Democrat has now criticized Republican challenger Larry Elder's suggestions that the election's integrity is at risk.

Gavin Newsom holding a sign: California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks at a rally against the upcoming gubernatorial recall election, September 4, 2021 at Culver City High School in Culver City, California. The recall election will be held on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. © Robyn Beck/Getty California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks at a rally against the upcoming gubernatorial recall election, September 4, 2021 at Culver City High School in Culver City, California. The recall election will be held on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.

On Monday, NBC's Jacob Soboroff pressed the conservative radio host if he'd accept the results of Tuesday's election regardless if Elder won or lost. In response, the candidate refused to answer yes or no but repeated a variation of the same answer a few times.

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Gavin Newsom slammed recall challenger Larry Elder for sowing mistrust about California' s recall election when Elder called on his supporters to report election fraud ahead of September 14, Politico reported. On his campaign site, Elder added a "report election incident" link that leads to StopCAFraud.com, an anonymously registered website apparently created on August 27th Newsom told The Bee that "there is a thread within the Republican Party that, if they don't get what they want, they are willing to assault the core tenets of an election in ways that have far-reaching consequences.

Earlier this year, when California Gov. Gavin Newsom was searching for the right message to convince disengaged Democrats to vote against the effort to oust him in Tuesday' s recall election , it would have been impossible to imagine a more perfect foil than conservative talk radio host Larry Elder .

"I think we all ought to be looking at election integrity," Elder said. "No matter whether you're a Democrat, Independent, or Republican, let's all make sure that the election is a fair election."

Elder also told reporters on September 8 that he believes "there might very well be shenanigans" in the recall election, but that he still expects to win because "so many Californians are angry about what's going on," according to CNN.

During Election Day, Soboroff met Newsom in San Francisco and asked him to respond to Elder's comments.

"What that message sends to the United States people all across this country, the vote somehow doesn't matter, that the whole thing is rigged," he said. "They are quite literally trying to dismantle democracy and trust in this country, our very nation."

Allegations fly as recall vote looms for California’s Newsom

  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 . The conservative radio host has also refused to comment on whether he would accept the results of the recall election should he lose. Republican Larry Elder has claimed cases of voter fraud despite the recall election having not been concluded. Above, Elder speaks to supporters during an Asian Rally for Yes Recall at the Asian Garden Mall in

image captionGovernor Gavin Newsom (left) faces a challenge from Larry Elder (centre), Caitlyn Jenner (right) and 44 other candidates. On Tuesday, voters in the most populous US state will decide whether to retain their governor or oust him in favour of one of his 46 challengers. Summer polls indicating voter apathy had earlier had Team Newsom sweating over a possible repeat, in the face of significant Republican enthusiasm. Recall rules allow for a successor to win by a mere plurality of votes , potentially earning the governorship without the support of most voters .

He added, "Look, I could care less [sic] what he does. I'll accept the will of the voters, no matter what it is, period, full stop. The idea they're even playing around with this and vandalizing trust and confidence? That's consequential and has real impact across this country...I'll tell you what, the irony of it, and it really is the irony, it's going to hurt the Republican Party because they're telling their voters, their vote doesn't even matter. So it's a hell of a thing."

Prior to Tuesday, Elder's campaign website appeared to link to another site that suggested Governor Newsom survived the recall. The page was available prior to the vote on September 14.

The Twitter account for No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen highlighted a section of the second site on Election Eve that said: "California recall candidate Larry Elder has launched an 'anti-voter fraud' website that accidentally already says that Gavin Newsom won the recall election. The election is tomorrow."

How Larry Elder has helped Gavin Newsom in California's recall election

  How Larry Elder has helped Gavin Newsom in California's recall election Earlier this year, when California Gov. Gavin Newsom was searching for the right message to convince disengaged Democrats to vote against the effort to oust him in Tuesday's recall election, it would have been impossible to imagine a more perfect foil than conservative talk radio host Larry Elder. © Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP California Gov. Gavin Newsom is photographed during a TV interview before a rally against the California gubernatorial recall election on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Sun Valley, California.

Elder ' s campaign shared a form on his website that appeared to assume that Newsom held onto his seat, alleging that he did so through election fraud . The California recall election is set to begin on Tuesday Sept. "When we vote we exercise our rights as Californians and as Americans to make our voices heard via the ballot box, having listened to others make theirs heard through the soapbox. We trust in our elected officials to safeguard that ballot box, such that its results will truly reflect our will as Californian's."

Larry Elder , the conservative radio host, is the frontrunner among challengers to unseat Gavin Newsom in California’s recall election . Elder ’ s conspiracy theories echo efforts by Donald Trump to falsely claim the 2020 election was stolen and rigged against him. The language on the website the Elder site linked to appears lifted from a petition circulated to help Trump’s effort to overturn the results of last year’s presidential election .

Brian Klaas, an Associate Professor in Global Politics at University College London and a columnist for Washington Post, said the move was now part of the "Republican playbook" due to former President Donald Trump. He tweeted, "if you lose, claim it was due to fraud. Get the false claims ready to go before the election even happens. The damage being done to American democracy is incalculable."

Polling data from FiveThirtyEight showed that Elder's bid to win California will likely fail as the vote to keep the governor polls around 57 percent. If Newsom is removed from office, there are 46 other candidates in the running with Elder in the lead with around 30 percent of the vote.

Asked about future plans if Newsom remains in office, the Elder campaign told Newsweek that their attention is on the current recall effort and they expect to win.

Larry Elder Hints at Political Future, Propelled by California Recall Momentum

  Larry Elder Hints at Political Future, Propelled by California Recall Momentum In conceding defeat, Elder described himself as a "former radio host"—suggesting his first foray into politics might not be his last.Speaking early in the night to a crowd of his supporters, when it was clear Newsom had defeated the attempted recall convincingly, Elder hinted at his aspirations.

If Newsom defeats the recall, he'll remain in office until the end of his term on January 2, 2023, and will be eligible for re-election during the 2022 midterms.

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What Makes Newsom's Recall Election Different From Davis' 2003 Ouster .
A Democratic strategist who advised former California Governor Gray Davis said there are "several" differences between the two gubernatorial recall elections.Newsom and Davis, both Democrats, are the only California governors who have had to defend their seats through a recall election since the state adopted its recall process in 1911. While voters elected to remove Davis from office nearly 18 years ago, South said he believes the September 14 recall election "is going to be a blowout win for Newsom.

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