Leading Republican candidate Larry Elder appeared to preemptively concede defeat and baselessly declare voter fraud earlier than Tuesday’s California gubernatorial recall election.
Elder and his marketing campaign posted an internet site for his base to report alleged voting scams and signal a petition to research the “twisted results.”
“We implore you … to join us in this fight as you are able, primarily by signing our petition demanding a special session of the California legislature to investigate and ameliorate the twisted results of this 2021 Recall Election of Governor Gavin Newsom,” the location says.
The web site additionally claims that “statistical analyses used to detect fraud in elections held in 3rd-world nations (such as Russia, Venezuela, and Iran) have detected fraud in California resulting in Governor Gavin Newsom being reinstated as governor.”
Polling main as much as the election has favored Newsom, a Democrat, prompting Elder and the GOP to borrow closely from former President Donald Trump’s playbook of preemptively claiming fraud. Trump endured with unproven claims after his defeat.