Gavin Newsom Survives California Recall Vote After Larry Elder Made Like Trump and Cried ‘Fraud’ Beforehand
California Gov. Gavin Newsom was projected by the Associated Press to hold on to his seat in the state’s recall election on Tuesday in a widely predicted outcome that may nevertheless unleash a fresh wave of Republican fraud conspiracy theories.
Conservative radio host Larry Elder, who emerged as the GOP’s best chance to replace Newsom should he fall short of the 50% of the vote needed to hold his seat, began talking about unsubstantiated election fraud claims even before a result had been announced.
The race appeared close enough that President Joe Biden stumped for Newsom in Long Beach on Monday. “He’s a clone of Donald Trump—can you imagine him being governor of this state?” Biden said of Elder. “You can’t let that happen.” No prominent Democrat entered the race to replace Newsom, should voters have decided to recall him, and as Elder became a a frontrunner Newsom was able to, in effect, run against Trumpism.