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Boudin is seen on Tuesday night at an election evening event, as the ballots were counted

San Francisco on Tuesday voted to recall its progressive district attorney amid rising anger at the city’s crime-ridden state.

Chesa Boudin, 41, had been widely expected to lose his job and 60.5 per cent of voters made their feelings clear over his woke policies by deciding to recall him.

Only 24 percent of the city’s electorate of 495,000 turned out, with 70,730 voting against the DA, with some ballots remaining to be counted.

Recall proponents cheered the news at a victory party, with California state leaders of the hotel and retailers associations lauding Boudin’s removal as a sign that visitors, shoppers and employees will be prioritized again in a city that relies heavily on tourism.

‘This election does not mean that San Francisco has drifted to the far right on our approach to criminal justice,’ said Mary Jung, a chair of the recall campaign, in a statement. 

‘In fact, San Francisco has been a national beacon for progressive criminal justice reform for decades and will continue to do so with new leadership.’

Boudin, a former public defender elected in January 2020, was made the target of a multi-million-dollar recall campaign earlier this year by residents who say the city has become an increasingly unsafe place to live due to his soft-on-crime policies. 

Boudin embraces supporter Dayday Reynolds Priestly as he canvassed on 3rd Street in the Bayview neighborhood yesterday ahead of the vote

Boudin embraces supporter Dayday Reynolds Priestly as he canvassed on 3rd Street in the Bayview neighborhood yesterday ahead of the vote

The districts of Haight-Ashbury, Castro and the Mission backed Boudin, but the rest of the city was against him.  

Boudin remained defiant in a speech to supporters, saying he was outspent by ‘right-wing billionaires.’ 

He said voters were understandably frustrated by the pandemic and a city government that has failed to deliver on safety, housing and equity. 

‘We have two cities. We have two systems of justice. We have one for the wealthy and the well connected and a different one for everybody else,’ he said on Tuesday night. 

‘And that’s exactly what we are fighting to change.’ 

London Breed, the Democrat mayor of San Francisco, will choose Boudin’s replacement.

Boudin and his wife, Valerie Block, are seen at the election night event on Tuesday in San Francisco

Boudin and his wife, Valerie Block, are seen at the election night event on Tuesday in San Francisco

Boudin said the recall effort was driven by right-wing businesspeople and by less-than-liberal police officers.

‘This is a Republican- and police union-led playbook to undermine and attack progressive prosecutors who have been winning elections across the country,’ he told The Guardian.

‘The playbook involves delegitimizing and fear-mongering and recalling. It’s a tactic being used by folks who are increasingly unable to prevail in elections when they put forward their views about public safety and justice.’

Boudin – whose parents were members of the radical 80s activist group Weather Underground – was elected on a platform of criminal justice reform. 

His notoriously progressive laws have been widely blamed for rising crime and homelessness in the Bay Area since the start of the pandemic, where brazen looters have been seen ransacking stores and breaking into cars in greater numbers.

So far this year, statistics show that the crime wave has worsened, with the city’s murder rate rising 11 percent, and rapes up by nearly 10 percent.

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