California lawmaker recall sets up fall gas tax battle
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California voters have unseated a state senator, denying Senate Democrats a supermajority and setting up a statewide battle this fall over a gas tax increase.
Voters on Tuesday recalled Democratic state Sen. Josh Newman and replaced him with former Republican Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang.
Republicans say it shows Democrats are vulnerable after they targeted Newman’s vote to raise gas taxes last year. A Republican-backed effort to repeal the tax increase is likely to be on the November ballot.
Primary voters also sorted through several legislative races shaped by sexual misconduct allegations. The election decided which candidates will face off in November for all 80 state Assembly seats and half of the 40 Senate seats. The top two vote-getters, no matter their political party affiliation, head to the November general election.