Politics GOP's Elder concedes California recall, hints: 'Stay tuned'
Gavin Newsom projected to win California recall race
CNN and NBC both projected that Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom would win Tuesday's recall race in California.Newsom held an early and substantial lead in results from California's Tuesday recall election shortly after polls closed at 8 p.m. local time.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A defiant Larry Elder conceded his fight to become California’s next governor but indicated his first campaign might not be his last. “Stay tuned,” the Republican talk radio host told supporters.
Shortly after Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom easilyto remove him from office, Elder told a cheering crowd Tuesday that "we may have lost the battle, but we are going to win the war."
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.
Incomplete election results had Elder far ahead among the 46 candidates who had hoped to replace Newsom.
Newsom will face reelection next year, and there has been speculation Elder could be in the running again. Elder referred to himself as a “former radio host,” suggesting his career was headed in a new direction.
Last week, Elder conspicuously didn’t answer directly when asked if he would consider a 2022 rematch against Newsom, who already has said he plans to seek a second term.
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, a 69-year-old lawyer and author, could have become the state's first Black governor. He spent part of his concession speech arguing that racial divisions in America are wildly overblown.
His views on race often put him at odds with other Black people. He referred to the “bogus Black Lives Matter movement,” restated his doubts about systemic racism and said, “We know what the real problems are, and they have nothing whatever to do with racism.”
Appearing to address his critics, Elder added, “All they want is Black people to think about is oppression, that you are under siege, that you are a victim. Really? In 2021, after we elected the first black president?"
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
He urged supporters to be “gracious in defeat” but spent much of his half-hour speech ridiculing Newsom's leadership and character and faulting him for rising crime, an unchecked homeless crisis and housing costs that are out of reach for many working-class families.
Elder sounded at times as if a campaign was starting, not ending.
“This is what we’re facing: rising crime, declining quality of our public schools,” he said. “Rolling brownouts. Water shortages. ... I can’t think of anything that this man has done in the last two years that suggests he deserves another day in office.”
And he argued that his campaign had pressured California Democrats to change direction.
“We are forcing them now to pay attention to the problem of homelessness. We are forcing them now to do a better job on schools,” Elder said.
In the race, Newsom highlighted many of Elder's positions that are out of step with most left-leaning Californians, including his criticism of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision on abortion and his promise to erase state vaccine and mask mandates.
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.
But Elder said he was the one working to bridge differences and solve problems.
“I’m a uniter,” he said. “We are going to bring this country together.”
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New Gavin Newsom Ad Says Recall Outcome Is 'Matter of Life and Death' .
"When it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine, this recall election is a matter of life and death," Gavin Newsom's campaign said Monday.The ad contrasted Newsom's approach to implementing vaccine requirements with that of his top Republican challenger, the conservative radio host Larry Elder.