Politics Larry Elder Campaign Removes Election Fraud Section From Website After Landslide Loss
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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.
Larry Elder has removed a page about voter fraud from his campaign website, following his crushing defeat to Governorin California's recall election.
The Republican challenger deleted the section "Stop Fraud," which linked to a separate website called StopCAFraud thatas governor before the polls had closed on Tuesday.
Meet Larry Elder, the conservative talk radio host and Trump loyalist, who is campaigning to replace California Gov. Gavin Newsom
"Unfortunately, Gov. Gavin Newsom's failed policies are running this beautiful state into the ground," Elder said in a written statement to Insider.Calls for a recall began prior to the pandemic when Newsom's adversaries grew discontent with California's "homelessness crisis, high taxes and cost of living, immigration, and rationing water and energy use," according to Insider's Lauren Frias. But the calls grew louder after COVID-19 took hold and Newsom implemented mitigation methods.
A statement on the StopCAFraud site read: "Statistical analyses used to detect fraud in elections held in third-world nations (such as Russia, Venezuela and Iran) have detected fraud in California resulting in Governor Gavin Newsom being reinstated as Governor."
The StopCAFraud website, which was paid for in part by Elder's campaign, also asked visitors to petition California officials "to investigate and ameliorate the twisted results."
It was the latest in several unfounded claims of election fraud made by Elder during the campaign.
But aswas becoming clear, Elder deleted the "Stop Fraud" section from his campaign website.
Using the WayBackMachine, a tool that archives web pages, Newsweek found the StopCAFraud had also been heavily altered, with the previously mentioned passage having been removed.
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.
Another claim, that "instances of undocumented ballots have been discovered prior to the election date of September 14" has also been deleted.
Newsweek has contacted Elder's campaign for comment.
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Elder has refused to say whether he'll accept the results of the recall election if 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 considers Elder's claims to be "baseless.