Los Angeles conservative talk show host Larry Elder scored a major court victory Wednesday when a judge ordered that his name be added to the upcoming gubernatorial recall ballot.
“This isn’t just a victory for me, but a victory for the state of California,” Elder wrote on Twitter following the ruling by a judge in Sacramento. “And not just those who favor the recall and support me, but all voters, including many who will come to know me. I am thankful for a fair judge.”
Elder was initially left off the list of recall candidates, with the Secretary of State’s Office opining that he failed to meet a requirement that gubernatorial candidates release tax returns from the past five years.
The judge, however, ruled that the requirement does not apply to a recall ballot, and even if it did, Elder had “substantially complied” with the rule.
The recall election is set for Sept. 14, with more than 40 candidates on the ballot hoping to unseat Gov. Gavin Newsom.
While Elder scored a victory in his court battle, another prominent Republican lost a legal challenge.
Kevin Faulconer sued in hopes of being listed on the ballot as “retired” San Diego mayor. The Secretary of State’s Office rejected the language, arguing that he was termed out as mayor, and did not voluntarily “retire.”
A judge in Sacramento on Wednesday rejected Faulconer’s legal challenge.