Becoming the final contender in California’s recall election, Larry Elder, a well-known conservative radio show host, has been permitted to join the race to oust Governor Gavin Newsom—and so far, he’s the most popular conservative to announce candidacy.
A poll released Wednesday indicates that Elder is the top pick by potential California voters to replace Newsom as the Golden State’s next governor.
The Inside California Politics and Emerson College poll found that voters favored Elder by 10 points when asked which of the recall candidates they would vote for in the Sept. 14 recall election, Newsweek reported.
A total of 16 percent of poll respondents said they would vote for Elder, while six percent indicated they would vote for either former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer or businessman John Cox.
Faulconer, who is known for significantly reducing homelessness in San Diego during his mayorship between 2014 and 2020, has raised the most money by far, touting $925,000.
Before Elder jumped in the race, facing 12 other challengers, Faulconer and Cox were favored among voters in previous polling.
Ranking even lower include transgender Olympian Caitlyn Jenner and State Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, each with four percent of potential voters’ support.
However, in what could be bad news for the recall candidates with less than two months until the election, 53 percent of respondents said they are not sure who they would support.
Amid news of the recall election gaining steam, Kamala Harris told a reporter from the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday that she plans to campaign for Newsom ahead of the upcoming recall vote.
In order for Newsom to be officially ousted, at least 50 percent of voters would vote “yes” to recall Newsom on the ballot.
Then, they will be asked to vote on which candidate they would like to replace him.
But if 50 percent vote “no,” then Newsom will remain in power.