Elder became the face of the Republican side of the recall election with his vow to repeal mask, COVID-19 vaccine and testing requirements in schools and workplaces.
But voters weren’t interested.
As of midnight in California, with 70 percent of the vote counted, nearly two out of three voted to keep Newsom in office. Elder was selected as a replacement on 2.2 million of the nearly 9 million ballots counted.
Elder’s critics on Twitter were only too happy to share the news:
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.