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Elder announces candidacy, defeats Dems, now leads poll

Elder announces candidacy, defeats Dems, now leads poll


Elder announces candidacy, defeats Dems, now leads poll

California-based talk show host Larry Elder will now appear on the state’s recall ballot despite a state official kicking him off, and a fellow California conservative and longtime friend of Elder says he wasn’t surprised Elder fought back.

After announcing his candidacy July 12 on his radio program, Elder witnessed the Secretary of State claim he failed to qualify because he did not submit five years of tax returns. A superior court judge ruled that state law is specifically required for primary elections, not a recall election, and ordered Elder’s name to be placed on the ballot.

Elder, 69, will now join a huge field of candidates for the Sept. 14 recall election aimed at removing Gov. Gavin Newsom from office.

Jesse Lee Peterson of L.A.-based BOND has known the fellow black conservative for more than 30 years.

"I'm so happy he's in,” Peterson tells One News Now. “And knowing Larry, I didn't think they were going to be able to keep him off the ballot.”

In fact, a statewide of 1,000 registered voters found Peterson leading a long list of names: at 16%, he was the only name in double digits.

A large majority of those polled, however, more than half, told California Politics/Emerson they are undecided.

“If they don't figure out how to steal the election again, or prevent the recall from happening,” says Peterson, “then Gavin Newsom is out of there because the proof is in the pudding.”