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Ten Years Ago, California Held One Of The Wildest Elections Ever

The Golden State held a recall election in October 2003 to oust its governor. Here are some of the best moments showcasing American democracy at work.

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The recall wasn't taken seriously until Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican who represents the San Diego area and is currently the wealthiest member of Congress, donated more than $1 million to the efforts.

Opponents said Davis lacked leadership and mismanaged events leading up to a massive increase in energy costs. More than 1 million signatures were collected to put his recall on the ballot.

Issa then dropped out in August, saying there were enough strong Republican candidates. He had faced criticism that the only reason he donated to the recall was so he could get the job.

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