Politics Larry Elder Hints at Political Future, Propelled by California Recall Momentum
Fox News Host Confronts Larry Elder Over His Media Criticism, Suggests He's 'Fair Game'
The conservative talk radio host has emerged as the leading challenger to California's Governor Gavin Newsom in the recall election scheduled for September 14.Elder, a conservative talk radio host, has routinely argued that the media is attacking him and covering his candidacy unfairly. The Republican contender has said that the press is particularly against him because he's a Black conservative.
Larry Elder will not be replacingafter the incumbent Democratic governor's emphatic victory in the California recall election. But, aided by a substantial boost to his profile, Elder has his eyes on crafting a political future in the GOP.
Speaking early in the night to a crowd of his supporters, when it was clear, Elder hinted at his aspirations.
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.
"Let's be gracious in defeat," Elder said as his supporters booed the mention of Newsom's name. "And by the way, we may have lost the battle, but we are going to win the war."
Elder also said: "I'm gonna be asked by all the members of the media, 'What are you going to do next? What happens after this?' As a former radio host, let me just say this: Stay tuned, God bless you."
It won't be long before Newsom has to fight again for his position, with the next normal gubernatorial election in California slated for 2022. Elder's prominent campaign during the recall has given him a helpful head start over other potential Republican candidates should he bid for the party's candidacy next year.
Replacing Newsom was always seen as an uphill battle. Polling suggested he was always on course to retain the governorship. Even Elder's ownthat suggested Newsom had won prior to election day.
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
Still, just pushing for the position has raised Elder's profile in California and given him a useful springboard. A vocal supporter of former President, Elder swiftly cemented his after announcing his involvement in July.
Polling placed him ahead of the other Republican hopefuls, and the San Francisco Chronicle reported Elder had raised more than $18.3 million through fundraising for his campaign, though it paled in comparison to Newsom's war chest of $80 million.
Looking at his social media, Elder saw his followers grow as he has pushed himself as a candidate. According to Social Blade data, he gained 38,404followers in July and 38,018 in August.
He also received attention-grabbing endorsements, with actorsand coming out in support of him.
Through his fame as a talk radio host, Elder had an advantage in name recognition among voters—though he was not the only celebrity in the running, with Caitlin Jenner also making a bid as a Republican.
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.
Elder's outspoken nature and his stances on hot-button conservative talking points have aligned him with the most popular Republican voices in the national spotlight, and many of those enthusiastically got behind his campaign.
He also, winning over a demographic which has proven influential on the national political stage.
The conservative radio host previouslyof the recall and spoke of "election integrity" when asked on Monday, echoing Trump's complaints about the presidential election.
The Democratic side wielded Elder's status as a Trumpian conservative—a hard sell in largely liberal California—against him. Presidentsaid at a California rally for Newsom on Monday that Elder is "the closest thing to a Trump clone that I have ever seen in your state."
Ahead of the vote, Republican consultant John Peschong told the Associated Press that Elder looks to be "building a movement," and his campaign has "a grassroots component to it that signifies he's going to be continuing to run."
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.
Republican fundraiser Charles Moran said Elder had "reignited an excitement and passion and a hope for Californiathat we have not seen in a while. It's been a rocket launch for him."
His run, though, had not been entirely smooth. Otheramid a firestorm of criticism over Elder's past comments about women. Politico also reported claims from Elder's former fiancée, who accused him of having brandished a gun at her, an allegation he denies. And his comments on election integrity were highly controversial.
Despite these issues, Elder managed to keep momentum in the race, setting himself apart from his GOP rivals. Now, time will tell if it is a lasting momentum that can carry him down the line.
Speaking ahead of Tuesday's vote, Thomas Gift, lecturer in political science and founding director of the Centre on U.S. Politics at University College London, told Newsweek: "A year can be a lifetime in politics, and it's impossible to predict: a) whether Larry Elder would be interested in running for California governor again; and b) even if so, whether he could ride the momentum he's gained to Sacramento in 2022.
"However, what is clear is that—win or lose in this recall—Elder has significantly expanded his public profile and positioned himself to be a player in Republican politics."
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.
Also speaking prior to the vote, Clodagh Harrington, associate professor in American politics at De Montfort University, told Newsweek that Elder was "achieving what all politicians desire" by dominating the headlines.
"I would say that there is absolute potential here for Elder to play the longer game," Harrington said. "Older white conservative California Republicans are an ever-decreasing demographic, and Elder has the potential to attract voters who may not have previously considered voting for a GOP candidate."
While Elder has made himself a decent platform on which to build, the recall triumph may, the Democrat able to pick up steam earlier in the coming campaign than he might ordinarily have.
Beating Newsom proved to be an insurmountable challenge this time out, and it's unlikely it will be any easier at the next election. But should it be a challenge Elder wants to take on, he has placed himself in a prime position to get another chance.
"May God bless California," Elder said, closing off his concession speech. "We've got a state to save."
Newsweek has contacted Elder's campaign for comment.
GOP's Elder concedes California recall, hints: 'Stay tuned' .
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 easily beat back a recall effort to 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." Incomplete electionShortly after Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom easily beat back a recall effort to 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.