California Primary: Democrats Narrowly Avoid Shutout in Key House Races

By Joel Pollak

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.

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.

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One Response to California Primary: Democrats Narrowly Avoid Shutout in Key House Races

  1. Eric June 6, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    It’s like Baseball, a win is a win, no matter how narrow. It’s a new ball game headed into November elections, Dems get what they needed, end of story.


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