Longtime conservative radio host Larry Elder has raised almost $4.5 million in the first 19 days of his campaign to replace Democrat California Governor Gavin Newsom in a special recall election on September 14.
“The fundraising numbers are tallied from July 12, 2021, the day Elder announced his candidacy, to July 31, 2021, the end of the latest reporting period,” Elder’s campaign said in a statement. “Some 46,000 donors contributed, making the average daily donation over $235,000, and the average donation $84.00. This reflects the overwhelming grassroots support for Elder, the commonsense candidate now leading in the recall polls.”
“The numbers announced by my campaign today solidify my candidacy to defeat Gavin Newsom in the upcoming recall election,” Elder said. “Californians have shown up and believe in our mission to recall Newsom and elect me in his place. Newsom can raise an unlimited amount of funds for this election; therefore, every single donation to my campaign counts, whether small or large.”
“In mere weeks, his total eclipsed what fellow Republicans had raised in months, and daily filings show Elder has pulled in another $440,000 in the first few days of August,” Politico reported.
Recent polls show Elder leading among the 40 candidates on the ballot to replace Newsom with 23% support, according to polls from Survey USA and Emerson Polling. At the same time, support for recalling Newsom has continued to gain traction with an increase of 40% in March to 43% in mid-July, and an equivalent increase to 46% two weeks later, according to polls from Emerson College and Nexstar Media’s “Inside California Politics.” Another Survey USA poll drew an even worse picture for Newsom, with support for his recall at 51%
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— Emerson College Polling (@EmersonPolling) August 3, 2021