Politics Conservative radio host Larry Elder admits defeat in California recall election and hints at a possible future political career
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.
- Conservative radio host Larry Elder admitted he lost the California recall election against Gov. Gavin Newsom.
- At 8:21 p.m. PT, Insider and called the race, projecting that Newsom will remain the governor of California.
- Elder told supporters to "stay tuned" as to what he plans to do next.
Larry Elder, the, has conceded defeat in his run to oust incumbent governor Gavin Newsom.
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
Insider and Decision Desk HQat 8:21 p.m. PT on Tuesday, projecting will retain his governorship.
Elder, a conservative radio host, previously suggested without evidence that the recall election might be rigged against him, even setting up a
But he made no claims of voter fraud at 10 p.m. local time when he thanked supporters and staff at an in-person event in Costa Mesa, California.
"We recognize that we lost the battle, but we are certainly going to win the war," said Elder, who went on to speak for about 30 minutes.
He remained upbeat as he spoke to the crowd, saying that even in his defeat, his campaigning has brought to the fore issues that have plagued Californians, includingand education issues.
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.
"We're forcing them now to pay attention to the things they should have paid attention to two years ago," Elder said.
Elder also said his opposition was trying to use race to cause division among voters, and decried the idea of systemic racism in America.
"To the extent that it is humanly possible, we have achieved the dream of Martin Luther King, where people are being evaluated by content of their character, and not color of their skin. Knock it off!" he said.
Elder said he doesn't claim that racism is nonexistent in America, but said Californians should focus on issues like crime, high cost of living, and income tax instead.
The US is undergoing a racial reckoning, after the murder of George Floyd sparked nationwide protests and the. Officials have declared white supremacy America's . A series of collected by Insider shows that Black Americans face racial disparities in employment, wealth, education, home ownership, healthcare, and incarceration.
In his closing remarks, Elder hinted at a future political career. "I have been a politician for all of seven or eight weeks. How am I doing?" he said to cheers.
With regard to his next steps, Elder told the crowd, "What happens after this all of this? As a former radio host, let me just say: Stay tuned!"
Opinion: Is Larry Elder a gift to Gavin Newsom? .
At mid-summer, polls suggested California's recall election was getting close and Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom was in danger of losing his job. But recent polls indicate an increasing chance the recall will fail. © Provided by CNN Larry Elder's entry to the California recall election may prove to be a gift to Gov. Gavin Newsom. The recall was always a bit of a long shot but the people behind the effort were betting they could generate enough excitement among those who strongly dislike the governor in an off-year election, when Democratic turnout could be low.