Sunday, May 27, 2018

Will California’s “Jungle Primary” system rescue Republicans this November?



The Democrats are counting on taking seven seats in deep blue California to help get them to the 23 seats needed to win to take back the House of Representatives from the Republicans. After a Democrat-majority House takes over in January, then it’s time for impeachment of President Donald Trump.

However, a new analysis by The New York Times indicates that the “Jungle Primary” system in California may offer cover for Republicans this November. It turns out that there are so many Democrats clamoring to be on the ballot that it is splintering the votes between many progressive hopefuls....

I would also like to stress that the state’s independent conservatives and Republicans are highly motivated to vote in both the primary and general elections. The Sanctuary State Laws, MS-13 #FakeNews drama, “free healthcare” for illegal immigrants, and a “Trumpian” economy are inspiring a lot more fight in the conservative grassroots voters than has been seen in recent election cycles....



...As California hurtles toward its state primary June 5, it is obvious there’s a problem. Its open primary system — which sends the top two vote-getters to the general election, regardless of party affiliation — is not working as intended and risks throwing the midterm election into acrimony and confusion. This system is called a “jungle primary” for a reason: It is brutal and unpredictable. In three high-profile House races, there are so many candidates from the two major parties eating into one another’s support that the election results may end up owing more to chance than any discernible will of the people....