(FiveNation.com)- Larry Elder will be able to run for California governor in the state’s recall election.
On Wednesday, a judge in the state ruled that Elder, a conservative talk show host on the radio, ruled he could join the list of candidates. It’s a wide field of challengers to Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat who has faced tremendous pressure from conservatives and voters in general in California.
Election officials in California tried to block Elder from putting his name on the recall ballot for the September election. However, the court in Sacramento, the state’s capital, quickly ruled in Elder’s favor.
Following the decision, Elder tweeted:
“Victory! My next one will be on Sept. 14 at the ballot box.”
“This isn’t just a victory for me, but a victory for the people of California. And not just those who favor the recall and support me, but all voters, including many who will come to know me.”
The state originally ruled that Elder didn’t meet the requirements necessary to run in a California election.
A relatively new requirement says candidates for governor in the state have to release their tax returns for the five most recent years before they can be placed on the ballot. Not surprisingly, Democrats passed the law in an effort to force then-President Donald Trump to release his tax returns while the 2020 presidential election was going on.
Not long after it was passed, a state court struck down that requirement for presidential candidates, but allowed it to remain in place for candidates for state governor.
In Elder’s challenge, Laurie Earl, a state Superior Court judge, said the requirement couldn’t apply to recall elections in the state. She also wrote that even if it did apply to this type of election, Elder still met all the requirements.
Those who organized and pushed for the California gubernatorial recall election want a large field of candidates to challenge Newsom. They hope that the wide net of options will attract more voters to the poll, which could ultimately draw votes away from the incumbent governor.
Elder is one of the most publicly-recognized Republican candidates in the field, based on his position as a popular conservative radio talk show host. He has made multiple appearances on conservative TV stations such as Fox News over the years as well.
He initially announced he was running for governor back on July 12. Last week, a preliminary candidate list was released, and he wasn’t on it, though. The state said at the time that Elder’s tax returns that were submitted didn’t have all the required documents.
Now that Elder’s spot on the list is confirmed, there will be 46 candidates for California governor. The breakdown includes nine Democrats, 24 Republicans, 10 candidates who are independents, two who are members of the Green Party and one who is a Libertarian.
It should be quite the election come September, and quite the campaign run-up to it.