As Newsom leads California recall polls, Larry Elder pushes baseless fraud claims - A website paid for by Elder's campaign on Monday predicted his defeat and blamed unsubstantiated fraud claims (NBC News link): Republicans in Tuesday's California gubernatorial recall election are already laying the groundwork to argue the election was stolen — even before a single ballot is reported or a victor declared, an increasingly common tactic in conservative circles.
The only problem: On Monday when the link was live on Elder's campaign site, the election hadn't even happened yet. No results had been released. And Elder was still campaigning to replace Newsom as governor.
The site added on Monday afternoon a disclaimer saying it was "Paid For By Larry Elder Ballot Measure Committee Recall Newsom Committee," with major funding from Elder's gubernatorial campaign.
Mod: The witless Russian news site Sputnik also jumped the gun (link). Big surprise in that, wot? Rachel Maddow is all over this story.