Trump released a statement claiming the California recall election was rigged less than an hour after polls closed

US President Donald Trump has described himself as "rigged" in the recall elections in California - which are expected to be won by Governor Gavin Newsom. Saul Loeb / AFP via Getty Images
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Former President Donald Trump claims the recall election in California has been rigged.
Insider and Decision Desk HQ called the recall election for Governor Gavin Newsom at 8:21 p.m. PT.
There is no evidence of widespread election rigging in the California recall elections.
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Donald Trump's team published on Jan.
Insider and Decision Desk HQ called the race for Governor Gavin Newsom at 8:21 p.m. PT. Newsom survived the recall, beating 46 other candidates, including controversial leading GOP candidate Larry Elder. Insider received the email from Trump's team less than an hour after California polling stations closed.
"People don't know that despite the rigged vote in California (I call it the 'Swarming Ballots'), I got 1.5 million more votes in 2020 than in 2016," Trump wrote in the statement.
There is no evidence of widespread election rigging in the California recall elections.
Trump admitted Newsom would "likely win" while focusing on the governor's handling of the California drought.
"However, the place is rigged so that a guy who can't even bring water into his state, which I got federal approval for (that's the hard part), is likely to win," Trump continued.
“Billions of gallons of water coming into California from the north are being dumped out to sea instead of being scattered across the state. This is to protect the tiny delta stint, which is now doing much worse without the water, ”wrote Trump.
California has a history of water flowing into the Pacific Ocean and being wasted. And the delta smelt, a small blue fish that only lives in San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, is, as Trump wrote in the statement, in critical condition.
Trump also received federal approval in 2019 to divert water to irrigate farms, but the New York Times reported that it meant the removal of protection for fish like the Delta smelt. In fact, Trump's actions may have driven the fish further towards extinction, according to a 2019 Guardian report. In October 2018, Trump signed a memorandum calling on federal agencies to slow water supplies to Central Valley farms that could have left the smelt without the fresh, cold water they need to survive and thrive.
In the statement, Trump went on to claim that there were similarities between the California recall election and the 2020 presidential election.
"Many people are already complaining that when they vote they are told, 'I'm sorry, you already voted' (just like 2020, among others)," wrote Trump.
There is no evidence of election fraud in the 2020 election, and judges have ruled out Trump campaign lawsuits alleging election fraud in 12 states, including Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania.
According to the Poynter Institute's Politifact Fact Checker, there have been two cases where voters were falsely told that they had already voted in California this year’s election. However, they were allowed to cast preliminary ballots and there is no evidence that GOP voters were targeted.
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