LOS ANGELES – (AP) – Conservative talk radio host Larry Elder has bolstered his rising status among Republicans looking to replace Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom in a September recall election by raising $ 4.5 million in just 19 days has rallied for its campaign and quickly dwarfs prominent rivals, government records showed Friday.
Elder’s flood of donations from competing in the July 12th through July 31st race has pushed his fundraising beyond that of other high profile Republicans, including Kevin Faulconer, the former San Diego mayor who has been raising and raising funds for months for 2021 2022 campaigns.
Elder’s donations averaged $ 235,000 for each day he competed in the race, and he amassed thousands more in August. Meanwhile, Elder rose to the top in the polls of GOP candidates in the September 14 election, which also show an increasingly close race for Newsom, despite California’s strong democratic leanings.
Elder ended July with approximately $ 2.3 million in the bank after the expenses were covered.
Even so, Newsom and its supporters have a tremendous cash advantage over their rivals, and the target of the recall has unlimited cash to raise. The main committee opposed to the recall raised $ 46 million by the end of July, fueled by large donations from public unions, technology companies, and the entertainment industry. After spending, the committee had around $ 26 million available at the end of July.
By comparison, former Republican Congressman Doug Ose reported that by the end of July he had raised $ 418,000 through two committees that could fund the 2021 and 2022 presidential elections, if Newsom would be available for re-election, should he survive the recall . Faulconer has raised over $ 4 million through a trio of recall-related committees for the 2021 and 2022 presidential nominations.
State Assemblyman Kevin Kiley’s recall committee reported raising a total of $ 834,000 in donations as of July 31, but that included a $ 262,000 transfer from a separate committee that raised the money for his 2022 race at the Assembly had donated.
Reality TV personality Caitlyn Jenner reported that she raised nearly $ 750,000 by the end of July and has about $ 22,000 after spending. However, the campaign had over $ 150,000 in debt.
Elder’s rapid rise caught the attention of Newsom, who on Thursday told campaign volunteers that Elder is inconsistent with California families and mainstream values.
On Friday, Newsom, in comments addressed to the nationwide syndicated radio host, told reporters in the San Bernardino district that Elder “believes that the minimum wage should be zero … believes that women have no right to vote, and Roe v Wade .. Believes we need more offshore oil drilling and fracking in the state.
Elder Campaign spokeswoman Ying Ma said in a statement, “Newsom is afraid. He cannot defend his terrible record on crime, homelessness, rising cost of living, water scarcity, uncontrollable forest fires and tyrannical COVID lockdowns.
Meanwhile, two powerful California Republicans called on the state’s GOP on Friday to refuse to support the upcoming election. The California Republican Party has argued over whether to anoint a single candidate with its seal from the vast field of candidates.
In an email from The Associated Press Friday, Republican National Committee members Harmeet Dhillon and Shawn Steel urged party delegates not to endorse a candidate in a scheduled meeting on Saturday.
With a large field of GOP rivals, they said in the email that the party shouldn’t risk discouraging voters whose favorite candidates may be snubbed.
“The polls show that the recall is in statistical imbalance and we cannot afford to discourage voters who are enthusiastic about a particular candidate but may not vote because their preferred candidate has not received approval,” wrote they.
The email added, “Any of our GOP candidates would be superior to Gavin Newsom. We believe that voters should decide who will be his successor, which not only increases the turnout of those in favor of removal, but also gives Newsom’s successor the best chance of being re-elected in 2022. “
The Dhillon and Steel Declaration represents an about-face as they previously supported an amendment to the party’s statutes that paved the way for possible approval. They wrote in the email that the amendment to the statutes was proposed months before anyone knew how many Republicans would qualify for the election.
Approximately 1,400 delegates prepared for a potentially controversial virtual confirmation meeting on Saturday. Four candidates qualified for the exam: Elder, Faulconer, State Representative Kevin Kiley, and former Congressman Doug Ose.
In the September 14 election, there will be 46 replacement candidates, including 24 Republicans.
The conservative Cox previously accused party insiders of trying to steer approval of Faulconer, a centrist. In protest of what he saw as rigged trial, Cox said he would not seek approval.
Cox applauded Dhillon and Steel for the turnaround, saying the endorsement threatened to divide Republicans while it chased away independents and other potential callback advocates “if we need all of them.”
“Republican support would just send the message that we somehow agree with Newsom that this is some kind of partisan effort. It’s not, “Cox said in an interview.
On re-election, voters will be asked two questions: First, should Newsom be removed, yes or no? The second question is a list of substitute candidates to choose from. If a majority votes in favor of removing Newsom, the candidate who receives the most votes on the second question becomes governor.
Associated Press Writer Jocelyn Gecker contributed to this.
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