Jun 8, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Political earthquake in California has the left on the run

Illustration of a blue donkey with the shadows of two people on either side of it
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Voters in deep-blue California rebuked Democrats in both the Bay Area and Southland on Tuesday.

Why it matters: Even in top Democratic power centers, midterm-year liberal voters are fed up. It's a bleak sign for President Biden as Dems try to hold on to the House and Senate in November.

  • Political analyst (and L.A. resident) Ron Brownstein said the result will rattle "the political landscape from coast to coast."
  • Jim Kessler of Third Way, the centrist Democratic think tank, tweeted: "If national Democrats don't wake up to what happened to progressives in NY, MN and SF this cycle prepare yourselves for permanent minority status."

What's happening: San Francisco voters recalled District Attorney Chesa Boudin after a divisive election over the prosecutor's handling of crime, per the Associated Press.

  • Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA.) and Rick Caruso, the billionaire developer, are headed to a November runoff in the nationally watched race to become Los Angeles' next mayor, per AP.

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