Back in 2010 voters approved Proposition 14 to introduce the "top-two" primary into California’s elections and June’s primary was historic because it marked the first time that the state's legislative and Congressional races were decided by this system. Supporters contend it is a way to get less extreme candidates on the ballot. So how did the primary turn out under the “top-two” method?
For one thing, incumbents had no trouble moving forward, as every single one at least made it to a November runoff. In addition, not a single third-party candidate made it on the November ballot. Another key factor is that during the November election, many voters will have the option of choosing between two Republicans or choosing between two Democrats based on whoever were the leading two vote-getters in June.
The Tribune notes that “In about one-sixth of the state's legislative and Congressional races, either two Democrats or two Republicans will be on the ballot as a result of Tuesday's primary. Democrat will face Democrat in 18 races, and Republican will battle Republican in eight more.”
However, it should be noted that the great majority of California's races will still pit Democrat against Republican -- especially in battleground districts.
The Bee has analysis of the Top-Two Primary here.
And the Tribune has its analysis here.
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