The Jury Talks Back


California Election Results

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 7:03 am

I wrote recently about the way California’s crazy primary system could create a situation where the general election for House seats could pit two Republicans against each other in heavily Democratic districts. It would have been funny, but the dream is over:

Democrats in California appeared poised Tuesday night to avoid getting shut out of key congressional races for the November election, the most pressing risk they faced as they seek to retake control of the House.

With most precincts reporting, Democrats seemed to have captured second place in the contests where the threat was most acute.

The party’s wide, boisterous field of candidates could have locked them out of multiple races because of the state’s unique primary, which advances the two candidates with the most votes regardless of party.

Only half my judicial picks came out on top; and only one soundly enough to avoid a runoff.

The rest is a disaster as well. Say hello to Governor Gavin Newsom, I’m afraid.

Have a great day!


  1. What *happened* to Villaraigosa? I mean, even in LA County he got crushed by Newsom, and while he beat Newsom in parts of the central valley, he didn’t do so consistently, and where he did, he didn’t do so by nearly as large a margin as was expected.

    That’s the real story of the Governor’s race, for me; Villaraigosa just failed as a candidate, and I don’t know why.

    Comment by aphrael — 6/6/2018 @ 11:57 am

  2. Also, is Butte county changing partisan allegiances? They voted with the Dem (and against the rest of the north valley) in a number of races.

    Comment by aphrael — 6/6/2018 @ 11:58 am

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