Radio show host and gubernatorial recall candidate Larry Elder toured Southern California on Monday with a last-minute push in his campaign to replace Gavin Newsom as California governor.
The Republican candidate, who could become the state’s first black governor, first stopped at Monterey Park, where he highlighted the rising crime rate and homeless crisis in California while criticizing Newsom and speaking with his supporters on why he thinks the state needs new leadership.
The elder then stopped for lunch at Philippe’s in downtown Los Angeles before heading to San Pedro, where he spoke in front of cargo ships waiting off the coast in the port of Los Angeles, arguing for fewer trade regulations. Later Monday night, Elder will appear at a campaign rally in Costa Mesa.
At each stop, the elder talked about what he thinks is wrong in California and what he would do to make it better. He urged his followers not to back down in getting the vote among his fellow Republicans, friends and neighbors in the last 24 hours of the contest.
“Make sure your friends vote, vote, vote and try to get 10 more friends to vote and take every call, make all the calls, knock on all the doors, we will win this if we get the vote,” Elder said from the conference room. dance from a hotel in Costa Mesa.
An exclusive Inside California Politics / Emerson College Survey published Monday found that a majority of likely California voters support keeping Gov. Gavin Newsom in office. The survey of 1,000 registered voters found that 60% are voting against the recall, but Elder also led all other replacement candidates in the poll by a considerable margin with 30% of the vote.
It’s unclear what will happen after the polls close at 8 p.m. Tuesday, but Elder has not promised to accept the election results.
When asked in San Pedro on Monday if he would accept the results, Elder replied: “Yes, because I am going to win. I will be very happy with the results ”.
Elder, who is seen as the leading Republican alternative, held a press conference at the Luxe Hotel Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles on Sunday, along with activist and former actress Rose McGowan, who repeated her claim (is Since the last few days when Newsom’s wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, tried to persuade her in 2017 not to go public with her allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
Siebel Newsom’s office described the allegations as “total fabrication.” In a brief interview with The Associated Press, Newsom characterized McGowan’s claims as a “classic late-breaking hit” by one of Elder’s supporters.
The governor called Elder desperate and greedy, saying McGowan’s claims about his wife “just show how low things are going in the campaigns these days.”
He echoed his earlier criticism of Elder, saying that the talk show host and conservative lawyer “does not believe that women are entitled to their own reproductive freedoms, he is devotedly opposed to Roe v. Wade, he doesn’t believe there is a glass ceiling, he doesn’t believe in pay equity laws. “
The last-minute exchange highlighted growing tensions in the elections, largely due to frustration with Newsom’s pandemic orders that closed schools and businesses during the pandemic. Voting concludes Tuesday.
Recent polls show Newsom is likely to keep his job.
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