Larry Elder wins lawsuit to be on recall ballot against Gov. Newsom

Attorney and radio talk show host based in Southern California Larry Elder arrives for "The Smothers Brothers show" at the Comedy Store on June 4, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ffrazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Attorney and radio talk show host based in Southern California Larry Elder arrives for "The Smothers Brothers show" at the Comedy Store on June 4, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ffrazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Conservative radio talk show host Larry Elder got victory Wednesday in his quest to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom in the California gubernatorial recall election.

Election officials kept Elder off the recall ballot because they said he filed incomplete tax returns.

According to the Sacramento Bee, Elder sued, claiming that the state elections law requiring tax disclosures only applies to primary races.

A judge ruled against the state, officially making Elder one of 42 candidates on the ballot against Newsom in the election, set for Sept. 14.
The field of candidates include former Republican Mayor of San Diego Kevin Faulconer, Caitlyn Jenner and John Cox.

Newsom’s campaign made its own gaffe when his party affiliation, Democrat, was mistakenly left off recall paperwork. His party affiliation will not be listed on the ballot.

Voters will face two questions on the ballot: Should Newsom be recalled and who should replace him? The votes on the second question will only be counted if more than half say yes to the first.