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By Christopher Tremoglie | Originally Posted on Washington Examiner

EXCLUSIVE — The California recall election is Sept. 14, and Larry Elder has emerged as the leading Republican candidate to challenge Gov. Gavin Newsom. Elder is a longtime critic of Newsom. He has routinely said that “we have a state to save” when referring to Newsom and the movement to oust him.

Elder has emphasized “common sense” as the remedy to Newsom. It’s also one of the reasons he is running for governor. “I’ve got common sense, something sadly lacking in Sacramento, especially under this smug, corrupt governor,” his campaign website says.

Forty-six candidates will appear on the ballot tomorrow. Polls show Elder as the front-runner among them. While pleased with the support, Elder remained focused on the larger task at hand. He emphasized helping people who have been harmed by Newsom’s decisions.

With one day left, Elder is “in it to win it,” as his campaign website says. In the final days before the recall, he graciously took the time to answer some of my questions and detail his vision and common sense. It is a vision that will serve most Californians well.

“While I’m pleased with the positive poll numbers, I’m singularly focused on continuing to get my message out to the millions of Californians who have been hurt by Gavin Newsom’s failed policies,” Elder told me. “I’m happy to hear that my ideas on fixing homelessness, failing schools, and the high cost of living, among others, are being well received by my fellow Californians.”

Elder has frequently stated how Newsom is harming California. It is a sentiment shared by all of the 46 people appearing on the ballot. Yet Elder has been the victim of some pretty atrocious insults and attacks — attacks that the other recall candidates have not been subjected to. While the incident of a gorilla-masked white woman has drawn the most news coverage, Elder was on the receiving end of bigoted attacks weeks before that. Have they affected him in any way?

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