Welcome to the age of the recall election

October 8, 2013

A decade ago, California voters recalled Gov. Gray Davis (D) and replaced him with actor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R). At the time, the recall election was a rare and exotic thing -- like someone executing a Triple Lindy. 


Janice Taylor, center, and other supporters of the recall election to oust Senate President John Morse rally outside the Pioneer Museum in Colorado Springs, Colo. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. (AP Photo, The Gazette, Michael Ciaglo)

Ten years on, recalls are becoming more and more common. We've already seen two Colorado Democratic state legislators recalled this year and gun rights advocates are pushing for a third recall in the state. In fact, of the 38  state legislative recall elections in U.S. history, 20 -- more than half! -- have been in the last decade.

GovBeat's Reid Wilson and I talk about the new age of the recall in this "In Play" segment.

Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.
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