High Hopes Dashed at Larry Elder's Party After Recall Defeat

High Hopes Dashed at Larry Elder's Party After Recall Defeat

Advertisement High hopes for victory at Larry Elder’s party, and then a concession. COSTA MESA, Calif. — About 10 minutes before the polls closed, supporters of Larry Elder, the leading Republican candidate, began streaming into a hotel ballroom in Orange County, sipping wine and whiskey sours. The band played “The Girl From Ipanema” and the stage was ringed by red-white-and-blue bunting, as attendees waited for Mr. Elder. Just after polls closed at 8 p.m., Fred Whitaker, the chairman of the Orange County Republican Party, warned the crowd — inaccurately, it turned out — that it was likely to be a long night, because early results were likely to favor the Democrats. “Enjoy the food,” he said. “Enjoy the drink.” And then they prayed. Pastor Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel in …
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