Poll: Gavin Newsom Recovers as Smear Campaign Against Larry Elder Persists

In this July 13, 2021, file photo, conservative radio talk show host Larry Elder speaks to supporters during a campaign stop in Norwalk, Calif. Elder has filed a lawsuit Monday, July 19, 2021, challenging a decision by California election officials to block him from running in the state's Sept. 14 …
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A Change Research poll released Thursday shows the smear campaign Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) waged against talk radio host Larry Elder worked in the governor’s favor, as 57 percent plan to vote against the recall.

The poll conducted from August 22 to 25 found only 42 percent of the respondents supported recalling the governor, while 57 percent of the respondents said they would vote “no” on the ballot, which results in keeping Newsom as governor. Only one percent of the respondents are undecided.

However, if the recall is successful, Elder leads all other contenders with 27 percent of the vote, including 67 percent of those who voted for former President Donald Trump:

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 05: A supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump holds a Make America Great Again Hat over his heart during a rally near White House on July 5, 2019 in Washington, DC. Yesterday, President Trump held a "Salute to America" celebration on Independence Day. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 05: A supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump holds a Make America Great Again Hat over his heart during a rally near White House on July 5, 2019 in Washington, DC. Yesterday, President Trump held a “Salute to America” celebration on Independence Day (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images).

The closest competitor was left in the single digits: real estate YouTuber Kevin Paffrath was shown to have six percent of the votes, and there was 15 percent who said “not sure”:

Democrat Kevin Paffrath speaks during a debate between candidates for the upcoming California recall election, held by KCRA 3 and the San Francisco Chronicle in Sacramento, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. (Scott Strazzante/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, Pool)

Democrat Kevin Paffrath speaks during a debate between candidates for the upcoming California recall election, held by KCRA 3 and the San Francisco Chronicle in Sacramento, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021 (Scott Strazzante/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, Pool).

The poll surveyed 782 likely California voters. The respondents were contacted by targeted website advertisements and text messages. There is a margin of error of +/- 3.7 percent.

A poll from CBS News/YouGov released at the beginning of August showed Elder leading the 46-candidate field with 23 percent of the vote and Newsom within the margin of error of being recalled.

Breitbart News has reported on the onslaught of smear tactics from the media, the Democrat Party, and the establishment Republican candidates trying to weaken Elders’ chances in the polls.

The attacks being thrown at Elder, a Republican with a large radio audience, were narrowed down to four different categories: race, gender, radical views, and finances.

Mail-in ballots have already begun arriving at the homes of all registered voters in California in mid-August:

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 15: Protest material that resemble mail-in election ballots are seen as demonstrators gather on Kalorama Park to protest President Donald Trump donor and current U.S. Postmaster General Louis Dejoy on August 15, 2020 in Washington, DC. The protests are in response to a recent statement by President Trump to withhold USPS funding that would ensure that the post office would be unable handle mail-in voting ballots for the upcoming 2020 Election. (Photo by Michael A. McCoy/Getty Images)

(Photo by Michael A. McCoy/Getty Images)

The ballot consists of two simple questions: First, voters are asked if Newsom should be recalled (yes/no). The second question asks which candidate should replace him.

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