Chesa Boudin, here speaking with a resident of San Francisco on June 7, 2022, was ousted as the city's district attorney in a recall election.
CNN  — 

The successful recall of progressive San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin on Tuesday is arguably the political earthquake of the year so far. Not because the result was unexpected, as polling generally suggested that Boudin would be recalled.

Rather, the outcome showed that not even in the Democratic bastion of San Francisco is a progressive safe from the wrath of voters worried about crime. It was the latest sign that crime is a potent issue in municipal elections.

Take a look at some key elections in other large cities.

Last year, New York City’s Democratic primary electorate chose the candidate (now-Mayor Eric Adams) running arguably the most forceful tough-on-crime campaign.