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DA Boudin ousted by large margin in widely watched recall election

Supporters of ‘Yes on H’ to recall DA Chesa Boudin celebrate at Del Mar on Lombard Street during the ‘Yes on H’ watch party in San Francisco, Calif. on Tues. June 7, 2022. | Paul Kuroda for The Standard

District Attorney Chesa Boudin was recalled Tuesday as about 60% of San Francisco voters opted to oust him.

Boudin, elected in 2019, will have to leave his post later this month before Mayor London Breed chooses his replacement. Voters were also asked about how they feel about recalls in general—and about 60% said they want to keep the current system. 

“San Franciscans from different neighborhoods and different backgrounds sent a loud and clear message today,” recall campaign chair Mary Jung said at the ‘Yes on H’ campaign party on Tuesday. “Voters said loud and clear that they want a district attorney who prioritizes public safety for every community.”

Boudin’s recall culminates a well-funded campaign that capitalized on San Franciscans’ perception of rising crime. In a speech to his supporters on Tuesday, Boudin chalked up his loss in part to outside money and interests.

“They exploited an environment in which people are appropriately upset,” Boudin said.

DA Chesa Boudin addresses his supporters at The Ramp on Terry A Francois Blvd in San Francisco, Calif. on Tues. June 7, 2022. Early voting indicated that Boudin was recalled as voters approved Prop H. | Camille Cohen/The Standard

For a full breakdown of how the election played out locally, head to our interactive results page here

Turnout for this election so far is low, at just 25% with 100% of precincts reporting, although returns from mail-in ballots will continue to come in the next few days. Election officials will release updated numbers at 4 p.m. over the next few days. 

Proposition A, the $400 million Muni reliability bond, has under 63% approval so far, just short of the 66.66% needed to pass. Voters looked to approve Props. B, D, E, F and G. 

In the state and national primaries, Gov. Gavin Newsom received overwhelming support from San Francisco voters, as did Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and state Sen. Alex Padilla. 

After defeating David Campos in the spring, Assemblymember Matt Haney got a majority of votes again. Both their names will appear on the November ballot. 

The race for Assembly District 15 crowned Kevin Mullin and David Canepa as the top two, which means they’re headed to a runoff in November. 

Polling sites were mostly quiet today, but campaigns hit the streets in full force to rally voters for and against Prop. H. 

Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated the Prop. C results. Most voters opposed the measure.