Obviously ousting someone is the biggest win. However, I don't think you absolutely need to recall them to have a positive effect on other politicians. Forcing the other side into a recall where one has to spend time and money sends a bit of a message. If it is even close at all in a district that is generally a "safe district" (which it sounds like this may be) that sends a pretty good message too. I agree a resignation in the face of a recall would still be a might coup for the gun rights cause and for influencing other pirple state/district politicians. Of course a successful recall sends the loudest and clearest message. One thing to consider is recalls tend to have low voter turnout. This allows a well organized group that is more passionate about the issues leading to the recall to have a lot more influence than it might in a general election. The first two recalls were HUGE wins for gun owners, even (perhaps particularly) those outside of CO.