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Newsom, Jenner address california recall election integrity as voters go to polls

Some of the main players in the California recall election made final presentations on Tuesday as voters went to the polls.

Voters will first decide to recall Governor Gavin Newsom. Then they will vote for a replacement from a group of mostly GOP candidates. Polls showed the recall effort was struggling and talk show host Larry Elder was largely ahead among Republicans.

Newsom and GOP candidate Caitlyn Jenner both addressed conspiracy theories about election irregularities. Some right-wing activists – as well as Elder – have started to sow unfounded doubts about the integrity of the vote. In some ways, these measures are an extension of conspiracy theories and false claims that began when Donald Trump lost the presidency to Joe Biden.

Elder, who had made no public appearances early Tuesday evening, declined to answer whether he would accept the election results if the recall effort fails. He recently added a section to his campaign website called “Stop Fraud” where voters can report irregularities.

Here’s what the candidates had to say.

President Biden joined Governor Newsom on Monday evening in Long Beach, closing a day of campaigning for most of the top candidates in the recall election.

Governor Gavin Newsom

Newsom gave an 11th hour speech to rally supporters Tuesday in a San Francisco union hall, encouraging them to reach out and get people at the polls to vote no on the effort to recall it.

“We cannot allow the economy, not just our public health, to be affected by a bad decision tonight at 8 p.m.,” he told the cheering crowd, along with his wife and wife. girl by his side. “So what are we going to do? We will participate and vote no on this recall.”

Newsom responded to journalists’ questions about allegations that the election results could be falsified.

“This electoral fraud thing is a pitcher; it is shameful. And when I say that, I mean it, “he said.” Guys like me come and go. We’re a dime a dozen politicians. Literally a dime a dozen. These are our institutions. It’s about this nation, it’s about trust and trust.

He called on politicians and other figures he blames for peddling “the big lie”.

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Meet the Recall Candidates: John Cox

He ran for governor of California in 2018 and is looking to face Gavin Newsom again, this time in the recall election for governor.

John cox

Republican candidate John Cox made a campaign stop Tuesday morning in Long Beach to “clarify that this race is not just about the national political scene.” … It’s about the quality of life of Californians.

The location choice was a nod to Monday night’s rally at Long Beach City College, where President Biden opposed Newsom and described the recall as an election with national ramifications. Cox touted his credentials as a businessman – and criticized “the politicians and media celebrities” who have ruled the state in recent years, he said – as proof that he can solve California problems.

As Cox spoke, a man passing by shouted, “You have my vote!” A person cycling on the beach promenade later called, “Vote Larry Elder!” “

Cox admitted that the leader Elder had “shaken the race a bit”. With a double-digit lead, Elder far surpasses Cox, who is supported by 4% of likely voters, according to the latest poll from the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies, co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Times.

“The important thing is that we vote yes on the recall… it doesn’t matter if people choose Larry or myself,” Cox said. “I hope I have a chance, but yes the most important thing is to vote yes on the recall.”

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Caitlyn Jenner votes in recall election, addresses mistrust in electoral process

Caitlyn Jenner votes in the Beverly Hills town hall recall election and answers questions about Larry Elder’s comments on mistrust of the results.

Caitlyn jenner

As people lined up to vote at Beverly Hills town hall on Tuesday, a famous candidate arrived with a small entourage and a ballot in her hand.

After consulting with a poll worker, Jenner disposed of the ballot so she could vote in person.

Afterward, she raised her arms in the air, recalling the moment she won the 1976 Olympic decathlon.

As the reality TV star and most prominent transgender political candidate in history made her way to the door, voters pulled her aside to ask for selfies and tell her that they loved him.

Outside city hall, the Republican candidate told gathered media that if Newsom wins, it will be the end of the state as she knows it.

Journalists repeatedly questioned her about Elder’s allegations of electoral fraud. Jenner avoided questioning if this was appropriate and said anyone is better than Newsom.

“Larry Elder runs his campaign the same way Larry Elder runs his campaign,” she said.

“I believe in the system. I believe in the state of California. I believe in our electoral system. I think it’s important that the citizens of this state come together and make sure that our electoral laws are upright.

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Meet the Recall Candidates: Kevin Kiley

The young Republican MP is looking to replace California Governor Gavin Newsom.

Kevin kiley

Recall candidate and State Assembly member Kevin Kiley (D-Rocklin) voted on Tuesday, with a dozen supporters and campaign staff on hand as he brought his ballot into a Almost empty polling station at St. Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Roseville.

Lawmakers have said they are optimistic, despite recent polls suggesting Newsom has a significant lead in stopping recall efforts.

“Gavin Newsom trotted on Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Barack Obama” and others, Kiley said, calling such moves “a sign of desperation.”

“At the end of the day, despite all the attempts by our corrupt political class to seize power from the people, the people are still sovereign in this state, and the idea of ​​’we the people’ still makes sense,” Kiley said. .

When asked what his next step would be if the recall effort fails, Kiley replied that he wasn’t thinking that far.

“I’m not making any decisions about what to have for breakfast tomorrow morning,” he said. “We have focused like a laser on getting every vote for the recall.”