Republican Larry Elder appears to be ready for defeat in Tuesday's gubernatorial recall election in California and is prepping for the next step - fighting the results.
Elder's campaign launched a 'Stop California Fraud' website, where he's asking his supporters to report incidents of voter fraud and sign a petition to investigate the election results.
His move comes before a single ballot is reported and is laying the groundwork to argue that Democrats stole the election.
The language on the website assumes Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom triumphed in the recall election and is staying in office.
'We implore you…our fellow citizens…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 site reads.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Elder's actions mirror those of former President Donald Trump, who touts the 'big lie' - his false claim he won the 2020 presidential election instead of Joe Biden.
The website also claims - without proof - voter fraud has been detected in the California contest: '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.'
Republican Larry Elder appears to be ready for defeat in Tuesday's gubernatorial recall election in California
Elder's campaign set up a website to cast doubt on Tuesday's election results and to lay the groundwork to argue that Democrats stole the election
Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom is favored to stay in office
There was no evidence of massive voter fraud in the 2020 election and multiple recounts confirmed Biden's victory. There also has not been any evidence of massive voter fraud in California's election.
Elder, who is the leading Republican to replace Newsom if the recall election is successful, told reporters in the state on Monday that 'there might very well be shenanigans' in the election.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
He said his campaign is ready to file lawsuits.
'What I believe is that no matter what they do -- and I believe that there might very well be shenanigans, as it were in the 2020 election -- no matter what they do, so many Californians are angry about what's going on,' he said.
Trump is also already questioning the recall results, pointing to California's use of mail-in ballots.
'Does anybody really believe the California Recall Election isn’t rigged? Millions and millions of Mail-In Ballots will make this just another giant Election Scam, no different, but less blatant, than the 2020 Presidential Election Scam!' Trump wrote in a statement Monday.
More than 6 million ballots have been cast as of Wednesday in the California recall election with 53% of those coming from Democratic households.
Polls show Newsom in a comfortable lead and his campaign sounds confident of victory.
FiveThirtyEight.com's compilation of polls showed on Monday that 57.5 per cent of California voters wanted Newsom to stay in office, while 40.8 per cent