The first recall race, which was practically an own goal by the Republicans after their preferred candidate John Nygren failed to qualify for the ballot, appears to be over. With 89% of the vote in, the AP has apparently called it for Democratic Senator David Hansen, who so far has 66% of the vote.
As I just mentioned, blow-outs are the rule rather than the exception in state legislative recalls. Hansen's victory would definitely not be a record. In 2008, California Senator Jeff Denham cruised to defensive victory, winning with 75.6 percent of the vote. Denham's a model for officials facing a recall -- he is now in Congress.