LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A campaign to recall Lincoln's mayor and four city council members has failed after petition circulators failed to gather enough signatures to trigger a recall election, organizers said Wednesday.

The group LNK Recall said it came up thousands of signatures short in their quest to recall Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and hundreds short in the effort to recall the council members.

The recall campaign was launched in October in response to new pandemic restrictions in Lincoln, including a city-wide mask mandate. Organizers targeted Gaylor Baird as well as council members James Michael Bowers, Richard Meginnis, Jane Raybould and Tammy Ward. All but Meginnis are registered Democrats, and the effort won support from local Republican activists.

Justin Carlson, a spokesman for the recall opposition group Decline to Sign, said the announcement shows that “most of Lincoln agrees that now is not the time to implode our city government.”