San Francisco Fires Its Progressive Prosecutor

San Francisco voters recalled George Soros-funded ‘progressive prosecutor’ Chesa Boudin on Tuesday.


San Francisco voters recalled George Soros-funded ‘progressive prosecutor’ Chesa Boudin by a resounding 55%-45% margin. Voters in California and six other states picked their nominees this week, and Boudin was just one of several incumbents who suffered on Tuesday.

  • Longtime Los Angeles Congresswoman Karen Bass, a Biden veepstakes finalist, finished second to billionaire developer Rick Caruso in the primary for mayor of Los Angeles. Caruso, a former Republican, surged to first place by running on a law-and-order platform and promising to clean up L.A.’s streets.
  • Republican Lanhee Chen finished first in the primary for California Controller, a rare feat for a Republican in deep-blue California. Chen represents the G.O.P.’s best chance of winning its first statewide election in the Golden State since 2006.
  • Representative David Valadao remains in danger of missing the runoff in California’s 22nd District. The four-term Republican voted to impeach Donald Trump for his role in the 2021 Capitol riot. He leads his G.O.P. challenger Chris Mathys by 1,192 votes with 39% reporting.
  • Valadao is likely the only Republican who can win this Central Valley district that Joe Biden won in 2020. Should Mathys make the runoff he would be the clear underdog to Democrat (and dating app catfish) Rudy Salas.
  • Two Mississippi G.O.P. Congressmen – Michael Guest (MS-03) and Steven Palazzo (MS-04) – were forced into runoff elections. Palazzo is under an ethics investigation, but Guest’s poor performance was a surprise and has been attributed to his vote to establish a Jan. 6 committee.
  • Cook Political Report – a major elections watcher – moved Iowa’s 3rd District towards Republicans after state Sen. Zach Nunn (R) won the G.O.P. primary to take on Rep. Cindy Axne in this Des Moines-area seat.
  • In a surprise, former Montana at-large Rep. Ryan Zinke only barely won the G.O.P. primary for Montana’s new 1st District. Zinke resigned as Trump’s Secretary of the Interior in 2019 after a series of ethics scandals.
  • Gov. Kristi Noem (R-SD), Sen. John Thune (R-SD), Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-SD), Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ), and Rep. Young Kim (R-CA) all defeated credible primary challengers.


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  • Although Chesa Boudin is out, Politico argued his ideas are still alive and well in California. Other progressive prosecutors won primaries on Tuesday, and politicians aligned with Boudin argued to Politico that Boudin’s personal shortcomings were more to blame than his policies.
  • NBC News highlighted a “rift” between Asian Americans and progressives. Two-thirds of Asian Americans voted to recall Boudin, the highest level of support of all racial groups.
  • The Washington Post blamed Mississippi G.O.P. Rep. Michael Guest’s unexpectedly strong primary challenge on his support for establishing a committee to investigate the January 6 Capitol riot.



  • The Washington Examiner covered Saturday’s special election in Alaska. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin snagged the top spot for the state’s unusual “top-four” general election, where she will face off with another Republican and two Democrats in August to fill the remaining term of the late Rep. Don Young (R).
  • National Review argued Democrats “refuse to learn anything” after multiple messages from voters. Boudin’s defeat was just the latest “red lights” and “police sirens…wailing all across the Democratic Party.”
  • Fox News dove deeper into the L.A. mayoral race between law-and-order developer Rick Caruso and progressive Rep. Karen Bass.


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