BREAKING: Talk Show Host Larry Elder Announces Run for California Governor

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Larry Elder, the nationally syndicated talk radio host, announced tonight that he wants to be California’s next governor.

“I’m running for Governor because the decline of California isn’t the fault of its people,” Elder said in a statement. “Our government is what’s ruining the Golden State. Our schools are closed to both students and their parents. Our streets aren’t safe from rising violent crime or the disaster of rising homelessness. And the scandals of Sacramento aren’t going to stop on their own. It’s time to tell the truth. We’ve got a state to save.”

The Associated Press first reported his announcement to run in California’s upcoming recall effort to unseat unpopular Democrat Gavin Newsom.

“I have common sense. I have good judgment. I’m born and raised here. I think I understand the state,” he said.

Todd Starnes, a best-selling author and national radio host, endorsed Elder’s bid.

“Larry is truly the sage of southside,” Starnes said. “He’s a rock-solid conservative who has the know-how to turn California back into the Golden State.”

 The state’s recall election is set for September 14.