Despite the resounding failure of the effort to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday, frontrunner replacement candidate Larry Elder told supporters in Costa Mesa that his campaign had such force that it was changing how the state is run.

“We may have lost the battle but we are winning the war,” the conservative radio host told hundreds of backers in the Hilton Orange County ballroom. “We are forcing them now to do a better job. … They are now listening in ways they never have before.”

Kellie Avakian of Costa Mesa reacts after seeing election results on the television at the Larry Elder election night gathering at the Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa on Tuesday,September 14, 2021 to watch election returns. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Errol Webber of Costa Mesa carries a large photo of Larry Elder walks amongst supporters for the Republican candidate for the gubernatorial recall election, inside the Pacific Ballroom at the Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 to watch election returns. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Supporters of Larry Elder, Republican candidate for the gubernatorial recall election, begin to filter into the Pacific Ballroom at the Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa on Tuesday,September 14, 2021 to watch election returns. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Supporters of Larry Elder, Republican candidate for the gubernatorial recall election, register outside the Pacific Ballroom at the Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 to watch election returns. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Supporters of Larry Elder, Republican candidate for the gubernatorial recall election, are interviewed outside the Pacific Ballroom at the Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 to watch election returns. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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Larry Elder supporter, Gloria Kalatzis of
Palos Verdes is interviewed by the media outside the Pacific Ballroom of the Hilton Orange County at the Larry Elder election-night party in Costa Mesa on Tuesday,September 14, 2021 to watch election returns. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Larry Elder supporter, Gloria Kalatzis of
Palos Verdes waits in the the Pacific Ballroom of the Hilton Orange County at the Larry Elder election-night party in Costa Mesa on Tuesday,September 14, 2021 to watch election returns. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Larry Elder speaks to his supporters after conceding that the recall election was defeated during an election night event at the Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa on Tuesday,September 14, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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Supporters remained upbeat and cheered him repeatedly, and some said they’re hoping the 69-year-old will run against Newsom next year. Elder was coy on the issue.

“Stay tuned,” he said toward the end of his 35-minute improvised speech.

He offered an extensive litany of complaints with the state, including housing costs, public schools, wildfires, inadequate water and electric infrastructure, …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

      

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