Other networks might have called the race, but we’ve got Fox at the Elder party and they’re not Arizona-ing this one
Fox call onscreen, party getting slightly quieter
Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado onstage now, saying he just talked to Larry Elder.

"Some TV stations are saying it's coming to an end. It's way too early. They just counted the mail ballots. They need to count the real ballots, from working people."
Maldonado's career came to an end in 2010, when he lost to... Gavin Newsom.
An Orange County GOP leader onstage now: "We don't believe those polls, do we?"

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hiring Lionel Hutz and suing over this ImageImage
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Because I am a millennial and therefore have undiagnosed OCD, I actually went back to check when the songs charted, so all the lists are in that chronological order.
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Pastor Jack Hibbs leads Elder election night party in prayer, starting with reference to the Democratic machine. "Father, we would pray that you dismantle everything they sought to do every day up til now. All of the spin. All of the stuff."
Fox News just turned on here, with a chyron in the corner showing the first recall results: No up 66-34.

Network is playing footage of the gorilla-mask cyclist attacking Elder on a loop.
Okay, the loop is over, I just noticed it because my wide self is in the corner of the shot.
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Every statewide elected Dem is at this rally, except Sen. Dianne Feinstein - whose age became an issue in the campaign, with Elder saying she had "a worse mental condition than even Joe Biden" and he would appoint a Republican if he got to replace her.
Newsom doing something that clearly irritates Elder: Talking about diversity though he’s is a white guy and Elder is not. “Pluralism is on the ballot. Diversity is on the ballot. Racial justice is on the ballot.”
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