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Even in California, Voters Have Finally Had Enough of “Progressives”

AMAC Exclusive – By Daniel Berman

California
Former San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin

On Tuesday, voters in seven states (California, Iowa, Montana, Mississippi, New Mexico, New Jersey, and South Dakota) went to the polls to cast ballots in primaries. Primary turnout is not a definitive predictor of general election results, but it is a good indicator of the relative motivation on each side. Last month, more voters in Pennsylvania cast ballots in the Republican primary than the Democratic one for the first time in modern history. The trend of falling Democratic turnout continued to varying degrees in Iowa, Montana, and New Mexico, with highly touted Democratic Senate recruit in Iowa, former Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer, losing her primary by 15% to a retired admiral. California, however, provided a particularly important test. California, like Washington, does not have partisan primaries. Candidates from both parties run against each other in a single primary election, with the top two regardless of party advancing to the general election in November. That means that the California results not only measure turnout, but provide a preview of the November election in every congressional and legislative seat. That preview paints a worrying picture for Democrats – a picture made even more ominous by voter revolts in two of the state’s most Democratic cities, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

At the statewide level, with around half the vote counted, incumbent Governor Gavin Newsom has 56.3% of the vote, while his Republican rival received a bit under 17%. The race is not expected to be competitive, so the relevant comparison is not whether Newsom is likely to lose, but how Newsom’s performance this year compares to his 2021 recall election, where he received 62% of the vote. The combined Democratic vote looks set to end up around 3-4% below that total, reflecting a loss of support for both Democrats and Joe Biden since September of 2021.

That is good news for Republican congressional candidates in California, both incumbents and challengers. Newsom’s own performance with 62% last year was already below Joe Biden’s 64% in 2020. This week, Republican candidates did well, and given the tendency for Republican voters to be more likely to show up on Election Day, the results are probably going to grow only more favorable over the next week. There are ten districts where Republican incumbents are running for reelection, and in nine of them Republicans won a majority of the vote counted so far. In the 27th district, incumbent Republican Mike Garcia has 49.6% of the vote and will likely be over 50% when outstanding ballots are counted. He leads his nearest rival, former state assemblywoman Christy Clark, who he beat twice already by almost 14%.

In total, Republicans currently are winning with more than 50% of the vote in eleven seats, the same number they currently hold. If that alone is repeated in November, Democrats will suffer a net loss of one congressional seat, as the state will have only 52 this decade, not 53. Yet there are an additional four seats where Democrats are likely to poll at less than 53% in the primary. While Democrats have historically improved slightly between June and November, the average margin by which they have improved for much of the last decade was around 2%. But this phenomenon largely vanished in 2020, and there is reason to believe it may even reverse itself in 2022. The cause of the shift has traditionally been the presence of low-propensity blue-collar Hispanic voters who are more likely to turn out in November than for the June primaries. Yet with blue-collar Hispanics voting increasingly Republican, this shift may work against Democrats this year.

The results in two of California’s major cities further indicate that non-white voters, especially Asian Americans, are revolting against progressive and woke policies. Ground zero for this revolt was the capital of the American far left, San Francisco itself. As one of America’s most left-leaning cities, Republicans have not been a factor there for decades. The partisan divide is instead between “moderates,” including the female, African American Mayor London Breed who was assailed during her campaign by a white critic for being “supported by rich, white men” and radical progressives. The San Francisco School Committee, dominated by progressives, famously chose to prioritize renaming a building named for the “racist” Abraham Lincoln over reopening schools, prompting a recall vote in which nearly 70% voted to oust all three members back in February.

Last night it was the turn of San Francisco’s progressive District Attorney Chesa Boudin to face the wrath of voters. His background reads almost like a caricature of a far-left activist: effectively orphaned before his first birthday when his parents, both members of the Weather Underground, took part in an armed robbery which saw the murder of two police officers, for which they received 25 and 76 year sentences respectively; raised by Weather Underground activist and one-time Obama mentor Bill Ayers; educated at Yale Law School, after which he moved to Venezuela, where he worked as a translator for the dictator Hugo Chavez; elected on a platform of turning the focus of his office away from prosecuting criminals and toward the true villains, cops.

Throughout his tenure, Boudin was as good as his word, letting multiple repeat offenders go free to commit future crimes, especially against the Asian American community. Drug enforcement all but ceased, and it became a running joke that it was hard to find a street which was not covered in broken glass from a smashed car window. It was the failure to even pretend to respond to a spate of attacks on Asian businesses which helped doom Boudin. Asian voters, especially parents, played a key role in mobilizing against the progressive school committee when it moved to end merit admissions at San Francisco’s leading magnet school because too many Asian students were being admitted, and Boudin’s allies were happy to attack the entire Asian community as racist in response. This week they, and the working-class people of San Francisco, got their revenge. Boudin was recalled from office by a 60-40 margin.

What is striking about the result is the demographic makeup of who voted to recall him. Boudin won most of the heavily white, hipster neighborhoods, including the famous Castro, the center of gay life in San Francisco. By contrast, he was crushed in immigrant, working-class, and Asian areas.

It was a pattern which was repeated in Los Angeles, where liberal Congresswoman Karen Bass faced billionaire developer Rick Caruso in the mayoral race. Caruso was the target of attacks from liberals pointing out that he was a registered Republican until 2011 and from 2016 to 2019, and registered as a Democrat for the first time in 2022 in order to run for Mayor. Despite being tarred as a “closet Republican,” Caruso, who ran on a platform of expanding the police department and running the housing department like his real estate firm, and was endorsed by Elon Musk and the Police Union, came in first with 42% of the vote, leading Bass by 5%. CNN compared his campaign to that of Rudy Giuliani, whose former police chief, Will Bratton, endorsed Caruso.

Even in Democratic California, crime, inflation, and education are proving a millstone around the necks of Democrats. In nonpartisan races in Los Angeles and San Francisco, where Democrats cannot even count on party loyalty, the trickle of defections is rapidly turning into a flood. Even if Gavin Newsom is favored for reelection, he is likely to face a California electorate which may be far less forgiving of his failures.

Daniel Berman is a frequent commentator and lecturer on foreign policy and political affairs, both nationally and internationally. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics. He also writes as Daniel Roman.    


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Teresa P.
1 month ago

I am really hopeful that the so-called, ” highly-educated” liberal voters start to see that these democratic politicians are really doing NOTHING for any of their citizens!

Karen
2 months ago

Californians are a unique group. They walk three feet off the ground and can’t see the forest thru the trees. Very strange people. Think we should dis-attach the state and send it into the ocean.
They will definitely back the commies.

Rich
2 months ago
Reply to  Karen

I have always said that California should become it’s own country.

Russ
2 months ago

A recall is not enough for bottom feeders like Boudin, and Gascon, I won’t rest until they’ve paid for the crime of disregarding the oath that they took. People placed in positions of trust, need to be held to higher standards, and be made to pay dearly for the mistakes that they make.

Robert Zuccaro
2 months ago

Meh. Californians will only vote for another DB in his place. They will never learn. That’s why they move to Red States and vote in the same BS they fled from. I equate a fleeing liberal Californian to a virus… infecting wherever they touch.

Janet
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert Zuccaro

I moved out of CA to get away from the Liberal BS, and only bring Conservative values to NV where I now live. As a retired Senior on a fixed income, I am still finding it hard to stretch funds with the constant increase in gas and food costs, but I am praying that NV can go back to being Conservative in spite of those who bring their liberal ideas here. CA lied to voters and misrepresented what a vote to have the 2 highest vote getters to be on the ballot for the General Election, therefore, you end up having to not vote for either or try to pick the lesser of 2 evils. I wish that the GOP would take this to the higher Court as something that infringes on the right to choice by the voters. Essentially, the State has become a one party state and that is why so many of the people in Northern CA want to separate themselves from the rest of the state as they are primarily Conservatives and are not having their voices heard. I have supported the split for many years and would love to see it finally happen. So just remember that not all of us from CA who have moved to different states are Liberal, but have moved to try to get away from the Liberal Doctrine.

Stan d. Upnow
2 months ago

What is amazing is that the moron voters put these Progressive-Socialists in office in the first place, knowing what they stood for. SMH!

Theresa Coughlin
2 months ago

California is a lesson in what NOT to do to its people. The rest of the blue states would do well to remember that. But they won’t.

WILLIAM T SNEED
2 months ago

We can only hope that Democrats are waking up to the destruction their party has inflicted upon our country. I doubt it though. Heck, they still vote Democrat even when they are dead! (I have it in my will that I will not vote Democrat from the grave)

Rik
2 months ago

As I’ve stated before today’s so-called Democratic Party is NOW PROGRESSIVELY COMMUNIST!!!

Sid
2 months ago

In my opinion democrats are voting for RINOs in primaries. Trump endorsement be damned I’m not voting for JD Vance.

Mike L
2 months ago
Reply to  Sid

that would place 2 democratic Senators from Ohio instead of the currently 1.

Tom
2 months ago

-voters have short memories.-The politicians use us like we are simple and stupid. Change comes when the ignorant join the ranks of those who watch how the politicians vote on bills.Promise anything to get elected the vote along party lines. Change is coming. God bless America and Trump

Anthony
2 months ago

All I can say is it’s about time.

Becky
2 months ago

I cannot wait for the day when the Commie’s favored cheating method of only the top two candidates being allowed to run (shutting out republicans), has
Only Two Republicans
running.
I will laugh myself unconscious….

Bernadette
2 months ago
Reply to  Becky

Me too!!!

Janet
2 months ago
Reply to  Becky

Amen!

Sara
2 months ago

AND AMAC: YOU STILL ARE SAYING I VOTED ON A COMMENT WHEN I DID NOT. WOULD SOMEBODY WAKE UP OVER THERE????????

DeploraVet59
2 months ago
Reply to  Sara

Come on Man! You know you did.

Barbara W
2 months ago

I live in Los Angeles County in California. This is predominantly a blue county in a blue state, and although I continue to vote, it sadly makes no difference. I was encouraged that San Fransicko voters successfully recalled their progressive DA, Chesa Boudin. It give me hope that LA County voters can recall our corrupt, Soros-backed DA, George Gascon. Until then, I’m living in an unsafe state where criminals have all the rights and the rest of us do not.

edward
2 months ago
Reply to  Barbara W

“criminals have all the rights”
of course they do, their brethren are in office in Sacramento!

Joanne4 justice
2 months ago
Reply to  edward

Unfortunately, this is true .

Joanne4 justice
2 months ago
Reply to  Barbara W

We all must hope , pray for justice ! vote the evil politicians out !!! Dear God , GOOD MUST TRIUMPH OVER EVIL !!!!!

CaRepub
2 months ago
Reply to  Barbara W

I to live in California just south of you in Ventura county. And it isn’t any better over here. We’re vastly outnumbered in the state. All we can do is continue to voice our opinion through our votes. And work for the few Republicans who we have confidence in in this state in an effort to start to change things. It’s an uphill battle, but don’t give up. All we can do is keep trying. Pay close attention to the local government where you live. Pay attention to those on your local school board, and other local offices. If we can work and get people elected or at least conservative of mind, maybe we can start to change the mindset in this state. Remember, this is the state that gave us Ronald Reagan.

Winehauler
2 months ago
Reply to  CaRepub

I’m up in northern California and it’s the same thing here, wish it would get better soon ????????

Stan d. Upnow
2 months ago
Reply to  Barbara W

Vote with your feet and get the hell out of Commiefornia!

Harry
2 months ago

We will know that the voters have “had enough” when Pelosi and Newsom are gone.

Marie Langley
2 months ago

A great day for San Fransicko!!!! Could it be that the voters there have actually gained some common sense???? SHOCKING!!!!!!!!!
6 years ago I went there to see a Broadway play at the Orpheum theater. We had to park 3 blocks away. The whole 3 blocks we had to step over poop and pee on the sidewalk and needles all along the gutters. It was so disgusting I will never go there ever again. How anyone would want to live there let alone go there is beyond me!!!!!!

gin
2 months ago
Reply to  Marie Langley

Now if you had to walk 3 block in SF, someone would probably just stab you.

PIDL
2 months ago
Reply to  Marie Langley

The Democrat run cities are cesspools of crime and decadence. This is not new. It has happened over decades. Why did so many people move to the suburbs? Because they wanted to get away from living in fear and have a better life for their children. And the sad thing is there is no improvement in those 50 years that this has been going on.

Stan d. Upnow
2 months ago
Reply to  Marie Langley

I was there, briefly, 30 years ago and it was very nice; even considered moving there, but for the high cost of living. It was at the time, as it had been for the previous decade, under a Republican governor. Under Jerry Brown & Gavin Newsom, both Progressive-Socialists, the entire state has been turned into a sh-thole.

Granny26
2 months ago

Only way Newscum won the last election and the recall was by ‘harvesting’ ballots which should be illegal in ALL states. He has already done a good job in destroying CA I guess he wants to finish doing it. May lightning strike his greasy head.

Joanne4 justice.
2 months ago
Reply to  Granny26

I know that Mr Soros generously .donated $$$$$$$$ as in one million plus dollars to keep Newscum in office!

Yvonne S.
2 months ago
Reply to  Granny26

I am wondering how the Registrar of Voters “received and counted” my vote, as there was NO electronic voting, I voted in person, which was to select on a Monitor and print a very simple, non secure, piece of B

Amacer
2 months ago

Don’t neglect the “cheating” factor. The Democrat Party, knowing its diminishing support, will ramp up the cheating techniques they have practiced over the years. Because of this, I do not believe the midterm elections will reflect as staggering a loss as the Democrats deserve. Heck, if they could steal the 2020 presidential elections, does anything else even compare?

K. Martin
2 months ago
Reply to  Amacer

Since they still use mail-in voting and Dominion machines, I’m wondering if the wins the article notes aren’t simply anomalies. Hope I’m wrong, of course.

K. Martin
2 months ago
Reply to  K. Martin

I’m speaking of California. I don’t know about the other states’ elections noted in the article.

PIDL
2 months ago
Reply to  K. Martin

Forensic analysis of the software needs to be done on the Dominion machines prior to and after the elections to confirm no changes were made. The data from the Colorado machine, plus the fact they were wiping all of the machines after the election, showed they had something to hide, like the fact that the machines were communicating on the internet, as seen in the data logs they were wiping from those machines.

I would think these machines should be be designed and built using functional safety techniques to make sure the software and hardware are doing exactly what it should be doing. And this would also demand that the system requirements need to be analyzed as required in functional safety to confirm they have not been defined to perform illegal data manipulation.

And you think William Barr would have any knowledge about this? He is not a computer expert. The Jan 6 commission is a joke! They are a bunch of hapless idiots trying to make us believe they know what is really going on. Ignorant politicians! Don’t you just love them?

Maybe more election officials will ask questions this election cycle.

PIDL
2 months ago
Reply to  K. Martin

Forensic analysis of the software needs to be done on the Dominion machines prior to and after the elections to confirm no changes were made. The data from the Colorado machine, plus the fact they were wiping all of the machines after the election, showed they had something to hide, like the fact that the machines were communicating on the internet, as seen in the data logs they were wiping from those machines.

I would think these machines should be be designed and built using functional safety techniques to make sure the software and hardware are doing exactly what it should be doing. And this would also demand that the system requirements need to be analyzed as required in functional safety to confirm they have not been defined to perform illegal data manipulation.

And you think the politicians would have any knowledge about this? They are not a computer experts. The Jan 6 commission is a joke! They are a bunch of hapless idiots trying to make us believe they know what is really going on. Ignorant politicians! Don’t you just love them?

Maybe more election officials will ask questions this election cycle.

edward
2 months ago
Reply to  Amacer

“does anything else even compare?”
No because they have been
practicing this for years at the state and local levels(I saw this happen in the Wa state governors race some 20 years ago). The communists are now confident enough that they can pull off their totalitarian takeover.

PIDL
2 months ago
Reply to  Amacer

Forensic analysis of the software needs to be done on the Dominion machines prior to and after the elections to confirm no changes were made. The data from the Colorado machine, plus the fact they were wiping all of the machines after the election, showed they had something to hide, like the fact that the machines were communicating on the internet, as seen in the data logs they were wiping from those machines.

I would think these machines should be be designed and built using functional safety techniques to make sure the software and hardware are doing exactly what it should be doing. And this would also demand that the system requirements need to be analyzed as required in functional safety to confirm they have not been defined to perform illegal data manipulation.
Maybe more election officials will ask questions this election cycle.

PIDL
2 months ago
Reply to  Amacer

I keep getting an “awaiting approval” reply on my reply. I am trying to figure out what wrong with my post. This is starting to make me believe the fact checkers at AMAC are not so smart either. But it is probably just a computer algorithm deciding if it sees something in the post that it does not like and flags it.

Computers are only as smart as their programmers!

Patty
2 months ago

BUT ….. Can even “that”, BEAT THE CHEAT” …. Because you KNOW they will STEAL IT AGAIN, if the can!

Joanne4 justice.
2 months ago
Reply to  Patty

Dumbocrats lie , cheat ,and steal / that is their motto! And do not forget the blame game for any and all bloopers .

Kay
2 months ago

newsom has 98 billion tax dollars to buy his re election. Watch him start shelling out money to the unions and any entity that will benefit from his reelection. We desperately need a change in California or soon it will become Mexico

Granny26
2 months ago
Reply to  Kay

Unions should be done away with too.

Becky
2 months ago
Reply to  Kay

Just wait till the other states ship all the criminal, invading illegals to California. It will BE mexico…

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