Politics Gavin Newsom's Campaign Says It's Certain of Win as Larry Elder Hints at 2022 Run
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.
The campaign of Democratic California Governorhas said that it is certain of his win in Tuesday's recall election. Meanwhile, Newsom's main Republican challenger, Larry Elder, has hinted at running for the governor's seat in 2022.
"I don't see a scenario where we're not talking about a victory for the governor and a complete rejection of this appalling partisan power grab," Newsom strategist Sean Clegg told reporters on Monday night. "We see the blue giant waking up. I don't see evidence of a red giant waking up in California."
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.
Clegg said that the campaign's projections show that Newsom had performed so well among early voters that the remaining Republican voters might not prove enough to overtake the governor's lead. Registered Democratic voters outnumber Republican voters in California by a 2-to-1 ratio.
Elder, a conservative talk show host, emerged as Newsom's top Republican challenger in a recall election with 46 candidates on the ballot.over the other candidates, excluding Newsom.
However, Elder's campaignas visitors to his official website were redirected to a page about electoral fraud. The page said that "statistical analyses... have detected fraud in California resulting in Governor Gavin Newsom being reinstated as Governor."
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.
In a Tuesday interview, a KMJ radio host asked Elder, "If you do not win today, do you have plans to run again when Gavin Newsom is up for reelection in a second term?" according to political reporter Carla Marinucci.
Elder responded, "I have now become a political force here in California, particularly within the California GOP, and I'm not going to leave the stage."
Elder made a similar comment in an August interview with the Sacramento-based news station KXTV. At the time, he said he would "very likely" run for governor in 2022.
"A lot of my contributors have asked me to stay in the game in the unlikely event that I don't become governor after September the 14th," Elder told the station. "So in all probability, I will do just that."
Last week, Elder didn't directly answer reporter questions about his 2022 plans. However, he said many people "have invested their hopes and dreams" in him. He also said he believes he "can make California better," The Associated Press reported.
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.
Elder has refused to say whether he'llif he loses. His campaign website recently added a link to a pre-emptive petition asking his supporters to demand a special session of the California legislature to investigate the election's results.
The California Secretary of State told Newsweek it
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