California’s primary election system is different than most states. Everyone gets to vote for all candidates running for each office, regardless of what party they belong to. The top two vote getters then face each other in the general election in November, making it possible for two Democrats or two Republicans running against each other in the general election.
In Tuesday’s primary elections, Democrats were shot out in one district and in many others, they placed a candidate in the general election, but in most of those races, the Democrat finished second to a Republican. If the trend holds in November, it could be a huge GOP victory, dashing the hopes of the Dems of regaining control of the House.
(Breitbart) – Democrats managed to avoid being shut out of the general election in several key congressional races in the California primary on Tuesday, as their candidates finished second to Republicans, allowing them to qualify for the November ballot — barely.
California has a “top two” or “jungle” primary, in which all candidates from all parties compete in a common pool, and the first and second place finishers advance to the general election, regardless of party. That means two members of the same party can theoretically advance to the November contest, shutting out the other party.
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Democrats faced the prospects of a shutout in several Republican-held districts that voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, simply due to a glut of candidates who split the vote between them. They faced a “disaster” or “nightmare” scenario in which they would not be able to compete for winnable congressional seats that they would need to capture if they hoped to take the 23 seats nationwide necessary to win the House majority and restore House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to the speaker’s chair…
California has been under Democratic control for a while, only to see a number of businesses and people move out of the state, due to the harsh socialistic laws imposed by the Democrats. Consequently, some are saying that there is a conservative or Republican surge taking place in the Golden State. Since California holds 53 of the 435 seats in the House (12.2%), a Republican surge could completely kill any hopes of the Democratic Party and send a clear message to Congress and the nation.