Larry Elder Won't Let Voting 'Shenanigans' Keep Him from Governor's Seat: Spokesperson

The California Gubernatorial election isn't finished yet, but Republican candidate Larry Elder is already calling out voting 'shenanigans' that could lead to his loss.

According to the Associated Press, Ying Ma, a spokeswoman for Elder, said the campaign wants "every proper vote to be counted." Despite there being no grounds for widespread fraud, when asked to provide evidence for suspicious voting, Ma said "whatever shenanigans there are will not stand in the way of him becoming the next governor."

In order to avoid these shenanigans, Elder's campaign website linked a "Stop CA Fraud" site. Thie site allows people to report suspicious voting activity and sign a petition demanding special legislation to investigate "twisted results" even before the election is over.

Elder's campaign echoed concerns made Monday by former President Donald Trump about election fraud in the California recall. Trump has also repeatedly cast doubt on the results of the 2020 presidential election which he lost to Democrat Joe Biden.

Elder, who held his final campaign rally Monday in Orange County, encouraged voters to "make sure you have your friends vote, vote, vote, and try and get 10 more friends to vote and hit every call, make every call, knock on every door, we're going to win this thing if we turn out the vote."

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Elder campaigns in an already rigged election
Elder on the campaign travel in the Newsom recall election. Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP

U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, called the election an opportunity to change course in a state where Democrats hold a nearly 2-to-1 advantage among registered voters.

McCarthy cited homelessness, rising crime and the wildfire-driven closure of national parks, which he said was due to "forest mismanagement."

"And you want to reward that?" McCarthy said Tuesday on Fox News Channel's Fox and Friends. "This is an opportunity to change the course."

Newsom is the fourth governor in U.S. history and the second in California to face a recall. In 2003, Californians removed Democratic Gov. Gray Davis and replaced him with Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger. The "Terminator" actor won re-election in 2006, the last time a GOP candidate won statewide office in California.

This recall was fueled largely by anger over Newsom's actions during the pandemic, which included imposing the nation's first statewide shutdown order. Critics said he was heavy handed, shuttering businesses and keeping children out of classrooms for longer than necessary. Newsom said his actions saved lives.

California voters have just two questions on Tuesday's ballot: Should Newsom stay in office? And if not, who should replace him? There are 46 replacement candidates to choose from. If voters keep Newsom, the results on the second question are irrelevant.

Beyond Elder, other prominent Republicans in the race include former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner and businessman John Cox. The best-known Democrat is Kevin Paffrath, a financial adviser with a large YouTube following.

How California votes could determine how aggressively Democrats campaign on COVID-19 restrictions that many Republicans have decried as unnecessary and overly burdensome.

Biden was last among a prominent list of Democrats to make appearances in the contest either in person or in ads, including Vice President Kamala Harris, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former President Barack Obama.

Newsom's ouster would be a stunning rebuke in California, where the Democratic Party controls every statewide office and dominates the Legislature and the congressional delegation. Less than three years ago, he was elected in a landslide.

Biden's visit in the waning hours of the race was intended as a final effort to motivate the state's more than 10 million Democratic voters. Newsom's advisers expressed increasing confidence that the governor would survive the effort to drive him out more than a year before the end of his first term. The campaign had 25,000 volunteers on the streets over the weekend and has sent 31 million text messages to voters.

"There's no scenario where we lose tomorrow," Newsom strategist Sean Clegg said.

While Newsom has sought to nationalize the race, Republicans have criticized him relentlessly for high taxes, an unchecked homeless crisis, climbing crime rates and housing prices that are out of reach for many in the working class.

"There's no front that I can think of where this man has done a good job — not on schools, not on homelessness, not in the way he shut down this state," Elder said Monday.