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Larry Elder Hints at a Rematch Against Newsom in the California’s 2022 Gubernatorial Race

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Kisha Smith

“We may have lost the battle, but we are going to win the war,” Larry Elder declared in his concession speech after failing in his recall bid to become California’s governor. 

In a resounding win, 68% of those voting chose Newsom to serve out his term. Elder, however, trounced the competition in question 2 on the recall ballot seeking the voters choice for a replacement, should Californians elect to recall Newsom.

While an accurate vote tally is weeks away, Elder, 69, was the top vote-getter in counties statewide, at last count capturing 47% of the vote in unofficial election results (with 2,402,420 votes cast in his favor). His nearest competitor, Kevin Paffrath at 9.8%, got just 502,431 votes. Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer stood at 8.6% with 440,042 votes and businessman John Cox, came in fifth with 225,404 votes at 4.4%.

The official results are due by October 22 and while the results are not all that likely to point to different outcomes, what is clear is that the race has cast Elder as a political force in the California Republican party, with an L.A. Times headline reading “It’s Now Larry Elder’s California GOP. 

What’s more, in the wake of the race, and just the fourth recall attempt of a governor, some are now counting him among the GOP’s national leaders.

Said Elder, “Our message resonated over all other candidates in the race, and our campaign was the impetus for a new movement.”

According to a CBS News poll, Elders support is highest among white and Latino voters. Just 14% of the black respondents said they’d vote for him.

Elder has also remarked that he wasn’t running against Newsom, but was instead running against the left-wing media, adding that he scared the bejesus out of the democrats in what could be seen as a reference to the A-list support Newsom received from political A-listers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, former President Barack Obama, and Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

“We are forcing them now to pay attention to the things they should’ve paid attention to two years ago,” Elder said.

“Our campaign offered commonsense solutions meant for them and all Californians, whether Republican, Democrat, or independent. Though the recall came up short, I am gratified that voters expressed a preference for the ideas that we advanced. I am not going anywhere. Stay tuned!”



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