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Newsom, Jenner address California recall election integrity as voters hit the polls

Susanne Rust, Benjamin Oreskes, Faith E. Pinho and Melody Gutierrez, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Political News

He called out politicians and other figures he blames for peddling “the Big Lie.”

—JOHN COX

Republican candidate John Cox made a campaign stop Tuesday morning in Long Beach to “make it clear that this race isn’t just about the national political scene. ... This is about the quality of life for Californians.”

The location choice was a nod to Monday evening’s rally at Long Beach City College, where President Joe Biden stumped for Newsom and painted the recall as an election with national ramifications. Cox touted his credentials as a businessman — and criticized “politicians and media celebrities,” who have run the state in recent years, he said — as evidence that he can fix California’s problems.

As Cox spoke, a man driving by shouted, “You’ve got my vote!” A person biking on the beach boardwalk later called out, “Vote for Larry Elder!”

Cox acknowledged that front-runner Elder had “shaken up the race quite a bit.” With a double-digit lead, Elder far outpaces Cox, who is backed by 4% of likely voters, according to the latest University of California, Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll, co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Times.

 

“The important thing is that we vote yes on the recall ... doesn’t matter if people select Larry or myself,” Cox said. “I’m hoping I have a chance, but yeah, the more important thing is to vote yes on the recall.”

—CAITLYN JENNER

As people lined up to vote Tuesday at Beverly Hills City Hall, a celebrity candidate arrived with a small entourage and a ballot in her hand.

After consulting with a poll worker, Jenner disposed of the ballot so she could vote in person.

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