Interesting bit of California Politics

 
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17 September 2018 16:11
 

In California the candidates for an office on the general ballot are the top two vote getters in the primary elections. In this case, the two candidates for
state senator are Diane Feinstein and Kevin De Leon, both democrats. What gets listed on the ballot, though, is the party recommendation on who to
chose. In this case, it’s De Leon! In other words, the California Democratic higher ups think it’s time for Feinstein to retire, even though that will cost them
lots of seniority.

 
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17 September 2018 16:42
 
burt - 17 September 2018 04:11 PM

In California the candidates for an office on the general ballot are the top two vote getters in the primary elections. In this case, the two candidates for
state senator are Diane Feinstein and Kevin De Leon, both democrats. What gets listed on the ballot, though, is the party recommendation on who to
chose. In this case, it’s De Leon! In other words, the California Democratic higher ups think it’s time for Feinstein to retire, even though that will cost them
lots of seniority.

This despite the fact that Feinstein won 44% of the vote compared to De Leon’s 12%. Once again—as in the 2016 Democrat National Convention—the Democrat “higher ups” know better than their constituents. At least this time they can’t lose to a Republican in the general election.

 
 
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18 September 2018 01:15
 

Most of us Democrats in California are aware of the ironies. It’s just another example of political activism being attractive mainly to those with the more extreme political opinions.

 
 
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19 September 2018 23:24
 
burt - 17 September 2018 04:11 PM

In California the candidates for an office on the general ballot are the top two vote getters in the primary elections. In this case, the two candidates for
state senator are Diane Feinstein and Kevin De Leon, both democrats. What gets listed on the ballot, though, is the party recommendation on who to chose. In this case, it’s De Leon! In other words, the California Democratic higher ups think it’s time for Feinstein to retire, even though that will cost them
lots of seniority.

I’ll have to look for that recommendation on my ballot, since I did not know a party could do such a thing.

The top two is a new idea since 201?, and it is an attempt to eliminate extremism in candidates, and a way of giving the people a more realistic choice of candidates.  When the top choice of a major political party was automatically given a spot on the November ballot it would make it easy for a very popular and/or well-known candidate to run against an unpopular and/or unknown candidate.  This system is more like a tournament bracket.

At this time it also means Democrats will be getting the top two most of the time, until political winds change.