LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Conservative talk show host Larry Elder, who was the leading Republican candidate in the unsuccessful effort to topple Gov. Gavin Newsom in a recall election, announced on Tuesday that he would not stand would not run for another governorship this year.
Instead, Elder announced the formation of the Elder for America Political Action Committee that will work on behalf of Republicans in federal and local elections.
“I ran for governor because I wanted to make a difference,” Elder said in a statement. “While I may not know what the future holds politically, the ability of our campaign to attract millions of votes and millions of dollars in a very short period of time demonstrates that we have a message that resonates with Americans, and I think we can put it to good use. use.”
Elder was considered Newsom’s best challenger in last September’s encore race. The recall effort, however, was rejected by about two-thirds of California voters. Elder was the lead voter among about four dozen replacement candidates, though that tally became moot when voters rejected the recall question.
According to Elder for America, Elder’s recall campaign raised around $ 22.5 million in eight weeks.
The newly formed PAC “will engage in public education campaigns, direct contact with voters, and fundraisers to help Republicans win key seats in the House and Senate, and to enforce public policy at the local level “, according to the organization.
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