S ' there was a breakout star of California Election Recall , it was Larry Elder , a conservative radio talk host who during the spring and summer summer, turned into a true political celebrity of the Trump era.
Mr. Elder was the main Republican voter in the 58 counties of California . Statewide, he was the first on who should replace Gov. Gavin Newsom if he was removed from his post, to the one exception being San Francisco, where a little-known Democrat had 21% of the vote early Wednesday.
Mr. Elder has appeared on Fox News 52 times this year and won a platform he is unlikely to give up. Last month he told a local TV reporter in Sacramento that he was " very likely "to run for the post of governor in 2022, when Mr. Newsom is re-elected. His total of 47% of votes on the question of replacing Newsom makes him a formidable enemy against any other Republican candidate.
Yet Mr. Elder has conquered the heart of the Californian Trumpian. base, his candidacy demonstrated the limits of this strategy. Mr Newsom scored a encore victory by a margin almost identical to President Biden's 2020 victory in California; Mr Elder has not brought any new voters to the Republican Party in a state where Democrats have a nearly two-to-one inion electoral roll advantage.
The goal may not be to win an office.
Conservative personalities can make a good living on appareltions of Fox News, and Mr. Elder has been adept at communicating with right-wing audiences since his radio years. There is a list of candidates who have lost top races to transform into political celebrities with big platforms as they vie for office: Democrats Stacey Abrams in Georgia and Beto O 'Rourke in Texas and Republicans John James in Michigan and Sean Parnell in Pennsylvania among them.
Mr. Elder spokeswoman Stephanie Marshall declined to comment on her future plans on Wednesday morning. She wouldn't say if her vow to run again remained in effect. In a concession speech Tuesday night , Mr. Elder did not speak about 2022 but told his supporters to 'stay tuned '.
"We may have lost the basize, ”he said,“ but we're going to win the war. "