Voters oust Chesa Boudin as San Francisco district attorney

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin looks on as she waits to greet potential voters outside the Castro Street MUNI station on June 7, 2022.

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San Francisco voters fired their reformist, headline-grabbing district attorney, NBC News Projects, on Tuesday after rising crime rates proved intolerable even for the notoriously progressive city.

Chesa Boudin, the son of left-wing radicals who was elected on a Black Lives Matter-aligned platform to reform the criminal justice system, faced a successful recall effort as voters grew frustrated with the perception that his office was unwilling to do much. criminality.

The result was rebuke from the left as Democrats backed away from calls to defund the police in the face of nationwide polls showing growing concern for public safety, especially from people of color.

The Mayor of London Breed will appoint a temporary successor to fill the DA’s office – formerly held by Vice President Kamala Harris – until an election can be held.

California was one of seven states to hold primary elections on Tuesday that will set the course for the major congressional and other races in November.

And the battle for the House is shaping up as Republicans have chosen candidates in districts that could decide whether Democrats keep their slim majority in Washington.

In Iowa, retired Admiral Michael Franken won the Democratic Senate nomination, the NBC News projects, beating former Rep. Abby Finkenauer, who was considered the frontrunner.

Franken ran for the Senate in 2020 and positioned himself to the left of Finkenauer in supporting issues such as Medicare for All while highlighting his national security background. He faces longtime Republican Senator Chuck Grassley in November, which will be tough to beat a Republican-leaning state.

Democrats are focused on defending their only congressional seat in the state, held by Rep. Cindy Axne, who is one of five House Democrats representing a district Trump would have won if the new lines of Congress post -district had been in place in 2020.

Axne will face Iowa State Senator Zach Nunn, a 43-year-old Air Force combat veteran who served in Afghanistan and Iraq and defeated another well-funded candidate for the nomination. from the GOP, the NBC News projects.

Votes are also counted in California, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota, Mississippi and Montana.

In South Dakota, Republican Sen. John Thune, Deputy Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, easily won the new nomination, NBC News projects, despite Trump’s anger for not backing his efforts to quash the 2020 election and initially hesitant to run. for re-election.

Former President Donald Trump wanted Governor Kristi Noem to challenge Thune, but she ultimately decided to run for re-election and also navigated a re-nomination on Tuesday, according to NBC News’ plans.

Trump also called for the impeachment of Republican Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey. longest-serving member of Congress, after voting for President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan.

Some Trump-aligned figures like Roger Stone have worked against Smith, but Trump himself has never endorsed an opponent and Smith won a new nomination, NBC News Projects.

Elsewhere in New Jersey, Republicans are eyeing a number of Democratic incumbents considered vulnerable in the fall.

Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski will face a rematch against Tom Kean Jr., the former GOP leader in the state Senate, who won his party’s nomination, NBC News projects.

A winner has yet to emerge from the GOP primary to challenge Democratic Representative Andy Kim.

And a Garden State Democratic dynasty is set to continue after Robert “Rob” Menendez Jr., the son of Sen. Robert “Bob” Menendez, won his party’s nomination in a deep blue open seat just above of the Hudson River from New York. , NBC News Projects.

In New Mexico, NBC News projects that former TV weatherman Mark Ronchetti won a hard-fought Republican primary to face Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who is considered vulnerable in the fall.

Still, Tuesday’s biggest races are all in California, which is typically slow in counting ballots and may not have definitive results right away.

In Los Angeles, a Republican ex-billionaire has emerged as an unlikely frontrunner to be the city’s next mayor, winning wide support in famed liberal Hollywood from left-leaning celebrities like Katy Perrywho performed at Democratic national conventions and was a reliable boost to the party.

Rick Caruso, a prominent real estate developer who joined the Democratic Party shortly before declaring his candidacy for mayor, significantly outpaced his main challenger, Democratic Rep. Karen Bass, and capitalized on growing frustration over homelessness. and crime.

However, neither is expected to cross the 50% threshold needed to avoid a second round, so Caruso and Bass will likely square off in November.

California is also home to a number of Critical House races.

In two tossup districts currently held by Republicans, incumbents David Valadao and Young Kim face far-right opponents who have an outside chance to push them out of the November ballot in the multiparty “jungle primary” of the state.

Two candidates will qualify for the general election, and Democratic super PACs have made a belated effort to boost far-right challengers in hopes they will snatch second place on the ballot, leading Republican National groups to respond with their own belated cash injections. .

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