Simply collecting the nearly 1.5 million signatures needed to call the special elections was “a historic achievement,” Heatlie said.
The recall campaign, the two men said, expanded the small cadre that began the effort into a 400,000-member statewide coalition that is already helping push forward voting proposals to fund the vouchers, ban school vaccination warrants and abolish public employee unions, which have been a long-standing Democratic force in California.
Other Republicans, however, called the recall a serious political miscalculation. About a quarter of the state’s registered voters are Republicans, and their numbers have been declining since the 1990s, a trend that is reminiscent of supporters believed it could be reversed if they could topple the nation’s largest state.
Instead, Tuesday’s defeat marked “another nail in the coffin,” said Mike Madrid, a Republican strategist from California who has sharply criticized the party under Trump, in particular accusing the GOP of driving out Latino voters.
Mr Madrid said the recall meant that even in California Mr Trump’s party was now part of “an increasingly radical, exercised and shrinking Republican base, attacking in different ways in different parts of the country “. He took note of accusations of electoral fraud that some members of his party began to make long before the polls closed, echoing Mr. Trump, who claimed without evidence that Democrats had “rigged” the election. reminder.
Despite the yawning gap in support, for example, Mr Elder demanded this week, before the vote ended, that a special legislative session be called “to investigate and improve the twisted results.” He said there had been “cases of undocumented polls” but provided no examples.
Some Democratic observers were cautious, warning that the disruption caused by the recall effort portended deeper problems.