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California Election Live Updates: Some primary results will not be called Tuesday night

San Francisco Chronicle 6/7/2022 Aidin Vaziri

It's election day in California and the San Francisco Bay Area. For the statewide races, the primary election will officially kick off the 2022 midterms, and though the races at the top of the ticket aren’t seriously contested, plenty of dynamics and competitive races down the ballot will be worth watching. You can read here about what our politics team is paying attention to on election night.

However, the national spotlight may be more likely to fall on San Francisco's recall of District Attorney Chesa Boudin, and what it means for the criminal justice reform movement. 

Here are the latest election updates from around the region and the state:

Do independents have a shot statewide?

Two high-profile independents running for statewide offices are on the ballot in Tuesday’s election: activist and author Michael Shellenberger, who’s running for governor and Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert, who’s vying for state attorney general. But recent polling suggests both are likely to get edged out by Republicans as they compete for the second-place spot to go against Democratic heavyweights Gov. Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Rob Bonta in the November general election. According to a recent poll from the Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies, Shellenberger and Schubert had the support of 5% and 6% of likely voters in their contests, respectively. But if either dark horse candidates squeaks through, it could make Democrats fight harder to hold onto those prized posts. — Dustin Gardiner

Redistricting might shuffle some names on ballots

For some Bay Area voters, Tuesday’s election might be the first time they realize the effects of redistricting. While most of the region was unchanged, a few congressional districts are substantially different than what voters may have been used to the last 10 years. In the East Bay and North Bay, a new district that includes Richmond and Vallejo is being sought by Rep. John Garamendi of Walnut Grove, as his former north state district was broken up among others in redistricting. In the South Bay, San Jose Rep. Zoe Lofgren will represent less of her home city, with a district that now extends south past Gilroy into San Benito. Meanwhile, Carmel Valley Rep. Jimmy Panetta’s district now extends up the Central Coast and into South San Jose. Other districts were changed at the margins. None of the changes jeopardize incumbents, however, and all of those Democrats are expected to return to Congress. — Tal Kopan

Some primary results will not be called Tuesday night

The Secretary of State’s office will compile voting data and publish the statewide results as soon as polls close at 8 p.m. Tuesday, but it may take a few more days to determine winners in some of the tighter races. Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber told KCRA that in addition to counting the votes of people who show up to the polls for the primaries, her office will also have to tally absentee and provisional ballots. “We have ballots that may be put into the mailbox today and postmarked today, and so we won’t get a chance to count those until later,” she said. The Secretary of State’s Office has 30 days to certify the election, but Weber said trends in ballots counted today will reveal some early winners. She added that she was not surprised by the low rate of statewide ballot returns, just 15%, ahead of the primary elections. “We’ve had a lot of elections in the last year and a half, and so sometimes folks are like, ‘Are we voting again?’ You know, kind of voter fatigue to some extent. But we’re really pushing hard,” she said. 

Pelosi spends Election Day in D.C. focused on gun violence

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, up for re-election in her San Francisco district in Tuesday's primary, spent election day in Washington, where Congress is considering gun legislation. Pelosi did vote, though, and tweeted a picture of herself dropping her ballot at a San Francisco library on Monday. On Tuesday morning, she appeared at a gun violence memorial on the National Mall to call for legislation to promote gun safety. “We owe the children of our country so much more than excuses to why we don’t have legislation,” Pelosi said. “It is a message that I send to elected officials all the time. You can’t vote for these bills because it’s a problem for you politically? Understand this: your political survival is nothing compared to the survival of our children.” She also met with actor and native of Uvalde, Texas, Matthew McConaughey, who visited the Capitol before making an impassioned speech for gun safety legislation from the White House briefing podium. — Tal Kopan

“There’s people selling drugs right out front”

12:50 p.m. Michael Wilbert, the owner of Del Mar in the Marina, cast his vote at Marina Middle School. He voted to recall Boudin because of his experience both as a business owner and in running a bar in SoMa for several years. “What Boudin is doing is affecting my business,” he said. “There’s people selling drugs right out front.” He said that police have told him they feel like they can’t do their job if the district attorney won’t prosecute. Wilbert hoped the recall would succeed as a step towards getting crime under control. — Danielle Echeverria

Boudin’s office is prosecuting 8 SFPD officers. What happens to those cases if he’s recalled?

District Attorney Chesa Boudin’s office has prioritized police officer prosecutions in a way that is all but unheard of throughout the nation: nine criminal cases against police for alleged misconduct while on duty. One officer accused of excessive force was acquitted earlier this year, but the eight others have yet to reach a resolution. If Boudin is recalled, a replacement appointed by Mayor London Breed would have the power to continue or alter the course of the current cases. Breed would be expected to appoint a moderate Democrat if the recall succeeds, and that direction would almost certainly be good news for the officers already charged, as well as those who will come under scrutiny in the future. — Megan Cassidy

Alex Padilla, likely to retain Senate seat twice, campaigns in final stretch

Democrat Alex Padilla, now filling the Senate seat vacated by Vice President Kamala Harris in 2021, appears on the Tuesday primary ballot twice -- running both to retain his seat through January and in a separate contest to win a new six-year term. Without a strong challenger emerging on the ballot, Padilla still has been campaigning hard, and he tweeted out a plea for support on election day. “As California secretary of state, I worked hard to implement reforms that made our elections the most inclusive in the nation,” he tweeted. “Today — whether it’s at a local vote center, or through a mail-in ballot, remember to exercise your right to vote.”

S.F. polling places see slow voter traffic

12:30 p.m. Poll workers in the Inner Sunset, Outer Sunset, Mission and Marina say that in-person voting was slow through the morning. “Hopefully people are dropping off their mail-in ballots,” a poll worker in the Marina said. In the Mission, one joked that she had her first line of the day as two people waited to get their ballots around 11 a.m. — Danielle Echeverria

Newsom casts ballot in Sacramento before heading to Americas summit

Gov. Gavin Newsom voted Tuesday at the secretary of state’s office in Sacramento before heading off to Los Angeles to attend climate-related events at the Conference of the Americas summit, spokesperson Nathan Click said. He did not plan any election night events. An incumbent Democrat in a heavily blue state, the governor faces what looks like an easy re-election race this year. Newsom, who finished his isolation period Thursday after a bout of COVID-19, tweeted a photo of himself voting with a face mask on. He wrote, “Happy Election Day, California!  Make sure you take the time to vote today!” The hemispheric summit of leaders from North, Central and South America began Monday and ends Friday. — Sophia Bollag

Tech bolsters Muni bond

Supporters of Proposition A, the $400 million Muni bond measure, have raised over $1.3 million for the measure. Major donors include tech firms Cruise, Salesforce, Facebook parent Meta, Lyft, Airbnb and Stripe. There is no opposition campaign, but the measure requires a two-thirds threshold to pass, not just a simple majority. Read more about Proposition A here. Aside from the Boudin recall, the other San Francisco five ballot measures have each raised less than $400,000, while the uncontested re-election of City Attorney David Chiu has raised $567,805. — Roland Li

Treasurer Fiona Ma’s campaign has raised 7 times as much as nearest rival

State Treasurer Fiona Ma, who has faced a series of scandals during her first term in office, raised about $1.9 million in campaign funds going into Tuesday’s primary election, according to CalMatters. That’s seven times greater than the $273,000 secured by her closest challenger, Republican Andrew Do, a member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors who has been accused of ethical lapses of his own. Ma is likely to reclaim her office, as neither of the other challengers in the race — Jack Guerrero, a council member from the small city of Cudahy in southeast Los Angeles County, and Peace and Freedom Party candidate Meghann Adams, a school bus driver from San Francisco — reported raising over $5,000 as of June 1.

L.A. deputy district attorney warns boss, George Gascon: “You’re next”

As San Francisco voters decide whether to oust District Attorney Chesa Boudin, a Los Angeles deputy district attorney said a campaign to recall his boss -- San Francisco's former district attorney -- will be next. “I want to tell everybody and tell George Gascon is, you’re next,” Jon Hatami told Fox News. “The people of Los Angeles have had enough.”

San Francisco and Los Angeles critics have accused the progressive district attorneys of being soft on crime, with fixed policies that favor offenders over victims. The Recall George Gascon campaign, the second recall effort against Gascon, who left San Francisco in 2019 to seek his current position in Los Angeles, said it had collected 500,000 signatures Monday. It needs 67,000 more by July 6 to put the recall on a ballot. “There are many individuals that are willing to collaborate with others and come up with some good reforms, but reforms that don’t sacrifice public safety,” Hatami said.

San Jose looks for new mayor in costly race to run Bay Area’s most populous city

For the first time since 2014, San Jose voters are going to the polls without an incumbent mayor on the ballot. Sam Liccardo is terming out after serving two terms, leaving the office open to seven hopeful successors in the Bay Area’s most populous city. The four frontrunners together have raised over $2.5 million , according to San Jose Spotlight, with top contender Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez pulling in $1.1 million alone.

Chavez has the support of five political action committees, including those backed by labor and police unions, the San Francisco 49ers and Bloom Energy executive Carl Guardino. Her closest rival, Council Member Matt Mahan, is supported by Common Good Silicon Valley, a PAC formed by Liccardo with the backing of real estate billionaire George Marcus, venture capitalist Ron Conway’s family trust, former tech executive turned investor Michael Stoppelman, entrepreneur Joseph Green, Meta executives Monika Bickert and David Wehner and Lyft executive Tali Rapaport.

San Jose Council Members Dev Davis and Raul Peralez, who also have wide popular support, have fallen short of receiving outside financial backing. “It’s always harder to get your message through when you have fewer dollars,” Davis told San Jose Spotlight. “As a voter, I would consider whether people who are getting (PAC dollars) are making promises behind the scenes that the voters don’t know about.”

Pro-recall side in Chesa Boudin race outraised recall opponents by more than 2-to-1

The recall election of District Attorney Chesa Boudin is attracting so much attention that it feels more like a national-level race — and it’s funded more like one, too. Through June 1, campaign finance data shows that fundraising for both sides of the Boudin recall totaled $10.5 million, more than twice as much as the $5.2 million raised by nine candidates during the 2018 special election for mayor.

The bulk of the money has been raised by the pro-recall campaign. By the end of May, local groups created to recall Boudin had raised $7.2 million, more than twice as much as the $3.3 million raised by anti-recall committees, according to campaign finance data.

Most of the pro-recall funding came from real estate advocacy groups, tech investors and the super PAC Neighbors for a Better San Francisco Advocacy, which counts Republican billionaire William Oberndorf among its largest contributors. The anti-recall campaign’s biggest donors included several progressive PACs, along with local chapters of the ACLU and the Service Employees International Union. -- Susie Neilson

“Onus is on both groups to enforce the law”

10:45 a.m. Andrew Wu, a longtime San Franciscan and musician, dropped off his ballot Tuesday at the Ortega library. He said he votes in every election, but he was particularly passionate about this one, eager to vote against the “conservative push” to recall Chesa Boudin. In his opinion, police officers sometimes see crime and don’t do anything about it, hindering what Boudin as district attorney can do to stop crime. “The onus is on both groups to enforce the law,” he said. He also said that he voted against Pelosi, preferring to see someone more progressive in her seat. — Danielle Echeverria


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Newsom declares “Immigrant Heritage Month” on election day

Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is expected to ease into a second and final term in the California primary, issued a proclamation on Tuesday declaring June 2022 as “Immigrant Heritage Month” in the state. "In California, we understand that our strength is in our diversity. Immigrants and their descendants bring new ideas, perspectives and cultural assets that shape and power California and our nation," the governor said in the proclamation. "Immigrants, whether they arrived to seek safety or opportunity, have been integral to the identity and growth of California as we know it. The state will continue to support and stand with immigrant families and lead in building more inclusive and just policies which foster innovation and advance our collective economic and community growth." 

Early voting data shows unusually low turnout in San Francisco

San Francisco's Department of Elections received about 110,000 vote-by-mail ballots by the end of Monday — that's a 22% return rate pre-election day. It is lower than the rates in recent citywide elections: the 2020 presidential election had 62% of ballots returned before election day, the 2021 Newsom recall was 48%, and even the school board recall earlier this year had a higher rate at 24%.

Statewide numbers are similarly low: 15% of ballots returned as of Monday, according to the consulting firm Political Data Intelligence. In the nine-county Bay Area, Napa County has the highest percentage of 24%, while Solano and Alameda counties have the lowest rates at 13%.

San Francisco turnout is on track to likely be the lowest in recent years. Since the start of the pandemic, most San Franciscans cast ballots before election day — either by sending vote-by-mail ballots in the mail or dropping them off at voting centers. In the last three citywide elections, two-thirds or more of all votes came in pre-election day. This is likely true of this election as well — about a third of votes will be cast in-person or delivered to the elections department today or in the next few days.

Thus, it’s hard to imagine overall turnout exceeding the 36% seen in the February school board recall. That’s part of what The Chronicle will consider when calling the elections Tuesday night.Dan Kopf

How this S.F. ballot measure could affect Boudin recall aftermath

If San Franciscans vote to oust District Attorney Chesa Boudin in the recall election, Mayor London Breed will be the one to choose his replacement. But another measure on Tuesday's ballot, Prop. C , could add a wrinkle to that policy by requiring that anyone Breed chooses is merely a placeholder district attorney until the next election.

Billed as a recall reform initiative, Prop. C restricts recall replacements selected by the mayor from running for that seat again in an election. If this measure succeeds, anyone who wants to be the city’s top prosecutor for more than a few months would likely pass on becoming Breed’s appointment. If Boudin is recalled, the next election for the position will be in November. If he survives, he will be up for re-election in 2023. — Megan Cassidy

 "Give them a chance to finish the term"

10:00 a.m. Mike Rosene, an Outer Sunset resident, cast his vote at Sunset Elementary School. He said that he voted no on the recall, and finds recalls to be a waste of taxpayer dollars. “It’s such a short term,” he said of the district attorney role. “You have to give them a chance to finish the term, and if you’re unhappy, you can vote your guy in at the next election.” — Danielle Echeverria

Boudin, in crosshairs, repeats "Republican" accusations in Democratic S.F.

San Francisco voters fed up with brutal attacks against Asian seniors, brazen burglaries and auto smash-and-grabs will vote on whether to recall the city's district attorney on Tuesday. Chesa Boudin, a former public defender, was narrowly elected in 2019 on the back of a campaign on which he vowed to target police officers and corporations. But supporters of the recall say Boudin has failed to protect everyday residents of the city due to his lack of experience and fixed ideology, which often finds him seeking to avoid charging criminals and siding with offenders over victims, the Associated Press reports.

His prosecutors are not allowed to seek cash bail for defendants, charge juveniles as adults, or request longer sentences due to a defendant’s gang affiliations. Casting his ballot at City Hall on Monday, Boudin once again branded the recall as a ploy by "Republican billionaires." But in San Francisco, where just 7% of registered voters align with the GOP, residents may be sending out a broader message. “It’s a vote of general discontent,” said Jason McDaniel, associate professor of political science at San Francisco State University. “San Francisco voters are largely very liberal and favorable toward criminal justice reform and yet, in a time when we’ve got a lot of people upset about a lot of things, you don’t want to become the target of that.”

The race for state controller is exciting, we swear

California’s typically sleepy controller’s race is one to watch Tuesday – particularly to see which of the four Democrats may emerge as one of the top two candidates that will advance to the general election in November.

Stanford University scholar and former Mitt Romney policy advisor Lanhee Chen is likely to advance, given that he is the only Republican in the race and will likely corral most of the 24% of voters who are registered Republicans. The Democrats – Board of Equalization Chair Malia Cohen, Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin, state Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda and Monterey Park City Council member Yvonne Yiu – will split the 47% of the state’s registered Democrats along with Green Party candidate Laura Wells. California’s 23% of no party preference voters are up for grabs.

The Democrats are largely in agreement on many issues. But they differ on an issue that affects billions of dollars and tens of thousands of Californians: Should California’s pension funds — among the nation’s largest — divest from fossil fuel companies? 

Last month, the state Senate passed a bill that would require them to divest. But representatives for the pension funds — backed by some in big labor — say it shouldn’t. The measure still must be approved by the Assembly and the governor.

Chen and Galperin oppose divestment, as does the current controller Betty Yee. The others support the measure. With a lack of a clear Democratic favorite – although Cohen won the state party endorsement –  it could be issues like this that may nudge one candidate into the top two.

Boudin recall organizers start early to get out the vote

More than a dozen volunteers for the campaign to recall San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin waved “Yes on H” signs near the Golden Gate Park entrance at 19th Avenue and Lincoln around 8:15 a.m. as cars honked through the intersection. “We start early, we end late. We just want to get out every vote we can,” said Mary Jung, the chair of the campaign to recall Boudin, who said she had been up since 3:30 a.m. working on last minute efforts to encourage voters. “All eyes are on what’s happening today,” said Andrea Shorter, a lead organizer with the campaign. — Danielle Echeverria

What Mayor Breed will be watching

San Francisco Mayor London Breed will have her eye on a few things on the ballot Tuesday. She introduced Proposition A, a $400 million bond measure to fund Muni, and endorsed former San Francisco Supervisor Malia Cohen for state controller.  She could possibly make rounds to either or both related election night parties, although her staff said her schedule wouldn’t be finalized until election night. And while Breed hasn’t come out publicly for or against the recall of District Attorney Chesa Boudin, she’ll surely be closely watching the result, since if he is recalled, she’ll be responsible for picking his replacement. — Mallory Moench

Bonta faces a group of wildcards in his first statewide election

Attorney General Rob Bonta, the former assemblyman appointed to his position by Gov. Gavin Newsom last year, is up for his first statewide election Tuesday. Running against him are Republicans Nathan Hochman, a former federal prosecutor and former assistant U.S. attorney general endorsed by the state party, and private attorney Eric Early, legal counsel for the unsuccessful effort to recall Newsom last year, reports the Associated Press. Also vying for the position are Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert, who gave up her Republican affiliation four years ago and is running as an independent, and Green Party candidate Dan Kapelovitz.

Bonta appears to be the top choice for 46% of likely voters, based on a poll from UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies and the Los Angeles Times. But his challengers are hoping that Bonta's ties to embattled San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, who faces a recall election on Tuesday, and to Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón may improve their chances. Hochman has labeled them “the let ’em go guys,” in an election where crime is a hotly contested issue. 

Homelessness and crime set course in race for L.A. mayor

Democratic U.S. Rep. Karen Bass and Republican-turned-Democrat billionaire Rick Caruso have emerged as the frontrunners out of 12 candidates in the race to become Los Angeles’ next mayor. Their campaigns have focused on quality-of-life issues like homelessness, crime, and soaring rents and home prices, the Associated Press reports. If elected, Bass could become the first woman mayor of Los Angeles and the second Black person to hold the office. But Caruso, 63, who sits on the board of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and was endorsed by the police union, has gained a surprising groundswell of support in the heavily Democratic region by positioning himself as a centrist outsider running against City Hall’s progressive establishment. The last time Los Angeles veered to the political right was in 1993, when voters turned to Republican businessman Richard Riordan to lead the city following the deadly 1992 riots. Because it is Los Angeles, the contest has drawn several high-profile celebrity endorsements, with Earvin “Magic” Johnson backing Bass, while Caruso has Snoop Dogg and Gwyneth Paltrow behind him.

Newsom expected to cruise to victory in California primary

Having beat back a recall effort less than a year ago, California Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to easily come out on top in Tuesday’s primary even with 25 challengers to his position on the ballot. “I think the only loss for the governor is failing to win really, really big,” Jessica Levinson, a political commentator and election law professor at Loyola Marymount University, told the Associated Press. “This is almost the definition of a noncompetitive race.” Newsom has not devoted nearly as much time to his re-election effort as he did the recall, primarily taking credit for a string of record budget surpluses during his first term in office. He has also vowed to turn California into a sanctuary for women seeking abortions should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade. Primarily, Newsom has ended nearly all the COVID-19 restrictions that drew the ire of his most vehement critics during the recall fight, countering that his actions saved lives, with statistics showing California’s per capita death rate was better than Texas, Florida and most other states.

California primary on track for a historically low turnout

Even with nearly 82% of eligible Californians registered to vote ahead of the primary election, early data indicates the state could see a historically low turnout at the polls. As of Tuesday morning, about 15% of voters had returned their ballots, according to tracking data from the consulting firm Political Data Intelligence. Political observers believe the lack of interest in the primary has to do with the low-stakes choices in the top competitive races, with early polling suggesting overwhelming support for Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, Sen. Alex Padilla and Attorney General Rob Bonta. If the numbers hold, turnout could be lower than that of the record-setting 2014 primary election, which drew out just 25.17% of registered voters. The numbers in San Francisco could buck the statewide trend, with a much-publicized effort to recall District Attorney Chesa Boudin on the table.

What Chesa Boudin and S.F. supervisors are doing on election day 

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin was expected to urge voters to reject his recall on Tuesday morning at 8 a.m., when he will be joined by Supervisor Dean Preston on a street corner near Alamo Square to begin an election day push against Proposition H. Preston is among a majority of supervisors who oppose the recall. Another opponent, Supervisor Hillary Ronen, spent the weekend canvassing with the No on H campaign and plans to attend an anti-recall party Tuesday night. Supervisors Catherine Stefani and Matt Dorsey support the recall.

Supervisor Aaron Peskin will attend a Tuesday evening gathering at a North Beach restaurant to support Proposition F, the ballot measure that Peskin and Mayor London Breed championed to reform the city's relationship with trash-hauler Recology. The measure would shake up the way San Francisco approves Recology's rates and allow the city to potentially cancel the company's monopoly on local garbage collection without going back to the ballot. The event Peskin is attending is also intended to show support for Proposition A, the $400 million bond proposed to fund various Muni upgrades. – J.D. Morris

Chesa Boudin enters election day with odds stacked against him

Boudin faces steep odds in the recall election today, with polls released since March consistently indicating over half of San Francisco voters support his ouster. His chances seemed to have improved as election day drew closer though, with some more recent surveys showing thinner margins or, in one case, an even split.

Polls released by the recall team and the Chamber of Commerce reported that nearly 70% of likely voters supported the recall, while surveys conducted by the San Francisco Standard and San Francisco Examiner showed 57% and 56% of respondents, respectively, favored the recall. A poll released by Boudin’s team this month gives him the best odds, with a tie of 47% in support of the recall and 47% opposed, 48 Hills reported. — Megan Cassidy 

Marital bliss … on the ballot

Attorney General Rob Bonta and Assembly Member Mia Bonta appear on Tuesday's ballot together — a first for the East Bay power couple. The Democratic duo are both running for re-election, though Mia Bonta is only on the ballot for voters in the 18th Assembly District (Oakland, Alameda). The couple is expected to cast their ballots together at a voting center in Alameda. She is running for a full term in the district that her husband previously represented. Mia Bonta won a special election to the seat last summer, after Rob Bonta resigned because he was appointed state attorney general by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Rob Bonta is running for a full term as attorney general (he’s currently serving out the remainder of Xavier Becerra’s term; he stepped down as attorney general to become President Biden’s secretary of health and human services). Political musical chairs at its finest.

Our interview with Chesa Boudin

Last week, Chesa Boudin sat down with San Francisco Chronicle Director of News and Fifth & Mission podcast co-host Demian Bulwa to talk about the recall and the state of crime in the city. 

"I'm working as hard as I can every day to make the city safer for all of us," Boudin said, "and I can't blame people ... for being frustrated. The last two years have presented us individually and collectively with challenges and changes we never could have anticipated."

You can listen to the full interview here

Alex Padilla’s debut

Tuesday is the first time on the ballot for his Senate seat for Alex Padilla, and though he has a lot of challengers, he doesn’t have much competition. But Padilla hasn't been taking it easy since Newsom named him to replace Vice President Kamala Harris when she went to the White House. We spent some time following Padilla around the Capitol and spoke with him at length. The Democrat has been working overtime both politically and on policy since he got to Washington – locking up the endorsements of his colleagues to edge out any major challengers and positioning himself at the center of key legislative debates, including immigration and voting rights. That said, he hasn’t racked up major legislative victories in Washington, where any legislative progress is rare. 

More on what to know about Padilla, from reporter Tal Kopan’s story.

A sleeper race in the Coachella Valley?

Sen. Barbara Boxer was a content retiree in Rancho Mirage, then redistricting came. Her home in the Coachella Valley was added to Republican Rep. Ken Calvert district, which also includes parts of western Riverside County. So she’s been working hard to help the campaign of a former federal prosecutor and political newcomer in Palm Springs, Will Rollins. Democrats hope it’s a sleeper pickup opportunity, while Republicans say Democrats are dreaming if they think they can overcome headwinds from inflation and President Biden’s unpopularity. Tuesday’s results will be an opportunity to test the theories of the case and see whether Calvert shows any sign of being vulnerable. 

Go here for more on the race and Boxer’s involvement.

Impact of Asian American voters in Boudin recall

The campaign to recall Boudin is targeting the city’s Asian American voters with a blitz of Chinese-language ads and endorsements from victims’ families, arguing that the district attorney has failed to adequately address violence against Asians.

Boudin argues that he has charged numerous suspects in murder and assault cases against Asians, and last week he announced the creation of an Asian American Pacific Islander victim services unit.

The push by both sides suggests Asian voters — who make up a third of the city’s population — will be critical to the outcome. While there’s no data on how many are registered voters, nearly 30,000 request Chinese ballots, the largest non-English group in the city and 6% of the electorate.

Go here to read more about the recall campaign’s ‘unprecedented’ effort to court Asian voters

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