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MAGA candidates fail to oust mainstream Republicans in House primaries in New Jersey and California

Boudin was seen on election night Tuesday night while ballots were being counted

San Francisco voted Tuesday to recall its progressive district attorney amid growing anger at the state of the city driven by crime.

Chesa Boudin, 41, was widely expected to lose his job and 60.5 percent of voters expressed their feelings about his wake-up call by deciding to recall him.

Only 24 percent of the city’s 495,000 voters turned out, with 70,730 votes against the DA, with some ballots counting.

Recall proponents cheered the news at a victory party, with California state leaders of the hotel and retailers associations praising Boudin’s removal as a sign that visitors, shoppers and employees will be prioritized again in a city that relies heavily on tourism.

“This election does not mean that San Francisco has been pushed to the extreme right in our approach to criminal justice,” Mary Jung, chairwoman of the recall campaign, said in a statement.

“San Francisco has, in fact, been a national beacon for progressive criminal justice reform for decades and will continue to do so with new leadership.”

Boudin, a former public defender elected in January 2020, was targeted earlier this year by a multi-million dollar recidivism campaign by residents who say the city has become an increasingly unsafe place to live because of its soft -on-crime policy. .

Boudin embraces supporter Dayday Reynolds Priestly when he stood for the vote on 3rd Street in the Bayview neighborhood yesterday.

Boudin embraces supporter Dayday Reynolds Priestly when he stood for the vote on 3rd Street in the Bayview neighborhood yesterday.

Boudin embraces supporter Dayday Reynolds Priestly when he stood for the vote on 3rd Street in the Bayview neighborhood yesterday.

The districts of Haight-Ashbury, Castro and the Mission supported Boudin, but the rest of the city was against him.

Boudin remained defiant in a speech to supporters, saying he was fired by ‘right-wing billionaires’.

He said voters were understandably frustrated by the pandemic and a city government that failed to provide security, housing and equity.

‘We have two cities. We have two systems of justice. “We have one for the rich and the well-connected and another for everyone else,” he said Tuesday night.

“And that is exactly what we are striving to change.”

London Breed, the Democratic mayor of San Francisco, will choose Boudin’s replacement.

Boudin and his wife, Valerie Block, appear at the election night event on Tuesday in San Francisco

Boudin and his wife, Valerie Block, appear at the election night event on Tuesday in San Francisco

Boudin and his wife, Valerie Block, appear at the election night event on Tuesday in San Francisco

Boudin said the recall was fueled by right-wing businessmen and by less-than-liberal police.

“This is a Republican and police union led playbook to undermine and attack progressive prosecutors who have won elections across the country,” he told The Guardian.

‘The playbook includes delegitimization and fear prizes and recall. It is a tactic used by people who are increasingly unable to win elections when they express their views on public safety and justice. ‘

Boudin – whose former members were members of the radical activist group Weather Underground from the 1980s – was elected on a platform for criminal law reform.

His infamous progressive laws have been blamed for increasing crime and homelessness in the Bay Area since the start of the pandemic, where brutal looters have been seen robbing shops and breaking into larger cars.

So far this year, statistics show that the crime wave is getting worse, with the city’s homicide rate increasing 11 percent, and rape up by nearly 10 percent.

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