Larry Elder, one of the leading Republican candidates vying to replace California's Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom in Tuesday's recall election, has alleged fraud in the ongoing poll process. “There might very well be shenanigans, as there were in the 2020 election,” Elder said, after his campaign website shared the link to a “Stop CA Fraud” online form on Monday that claims to have "detected fraud" in the yet-to-be declared results, "resulting in Governor Gavin Newsom being reinstated as governor." Former US President Donald Trump also issued a statement saying, "Does anybody really believe the California Recall Election isn't rigged?"

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The second recall election against a governor in California's history were announced after Gov. Gavin Newsom dined with 11 friends and lobbyists without masks at an expensive restaurant last November after months of urging Californians to stay home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Laurence Allen Elder was born April 27, 1952, in Los Angeles, California. His father served as a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps during World War II and moved to California from Georgia. Elder has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Brown University and a Juris Doctor from University of Michigan Law School.

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He hosted the The Larry Elder Show on Los Angeles radio station KABC from 1993 to 2008, followed by a second run on KABC radio station from 2010 to 2014. He was let go in 2015 and joined the Salem Media Group which has since been nationally syndicating the show. Elder has also hosted TV shows including the PBS programme National Desk and  Making Waves – LAUSD on KCAL-TV , which won him a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award in 2000. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2015.

Elder has also written nonfiction books and a nationally syndicated column through Creators Syndicate. Elder's bid to replace Newsom in the 2021 California gubernatorial recall election is his first run for public office.