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Top Two Primary

  1. 2018 midterms
    Republican Hatred for Dianne Feinstein Is Making Her Lefty Opponent CompetitiveKevin de León is probably lucky he doesn’t have the money to let his Republican supporters know how progressive he is.
  2. Danger Signs for GOP in Washington BellwetherAs Washington State goes in August, so might go the nation in November.
  3. Republican Voters Are Sitting Out California’s Senate RaceFor the moment, half of California Republicans intend to sit out the Senate race and let Democrats choose between Feinstein and de León.
  4. California Democrats Endorse de León Over FeinsteinFeinstein remains the favorite, but the party endorsement keeps de León alive, with the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings taking on a new dimension.
  5. California Democrats Did Well, But Not Perfectly, in PrimaryIt looks like Dems avoided the worst-case scenario of getting locked out of a few key U.S. House races. But they still have some problems.
  6. There Is a Lot at Stake in California’s Primaries TodayIncluding who controls the U.S. House of Representatives for the second half of Trump’s term.
  7. How 3 Races in California Could Cost Democrats Control of the HouseIn key districts, Democratic disarray is threatening to put winnable seats out of reach.
  8. Turnout for an Epochal California Primary Will Probably Be TerribleThe stakes in the June 5 top-two primary in the Golden State are very high. But voters aren’t that excited, and the outcome is hard to predict.
  9. The GOP Could Get Shut Out of California’s Gubernatorial ElectionIt could matter a lot nationally if Republicans are shut out of the general election in both of California’s top-of-the-ballot races.
  10. Charter School Billionaires Boosting Former L.A. Mayor’s Gubernatorial CampaignA network of wealthy charter school backers is financing ads for Antonio Villaraigosa into a general election with fellow Democrat Gavin Newsom.
  11. politics
    Trump Leaps Into California Governor’s Race, Endorsing John CoxIt’s a bitter pill to swallow for that other Republican candidate in the race, big-time Trump supporter Travis Allen.
  12. California GOP Can’t Unite Behind a Gubernatorial CandidateNeither John Cox nor Travis Allen could snag the party’s endorsement, which boosts the chances of two Democrats facing off for governor in November.
  13. Feinstein Finally Signals Support for Legal PotWith serious reelection opposition coming from left-bent Kevin de Léon, Feinstein is abandoning her longtime opposition to recreational pot.
  14. Unlike New York’s Unions, California’s Are Backing an Insurgent CandidateDianne Feinstein inspires no fear among progressive union activists. Andrew Cuomo does.
  15. GOP Competition to Show Who Loves Trump Most Could Backfire in NovemberExtremist candidates have hurt the GOP in the recent past. Association with an unpopular extremist president could do the same this year.
  16. The House Midterm Landscape is Settling — and It Looks Treacherous for the GOPWhile the big-picture factors affecting the 2018 elections have marginally improved for Republicans, individual races aren’t looking so hot for them.
  17. CA Voters Keep Accidentally Joining George Wallace’s Zombie Political PartyTwo years after many thousands of would-be Democratic primary voters discovered they were affiliated with a right-wing party, the confusion continues.
  18. New California Poll Shows Feinstein Doing Well, Republicans Doing PoorlyCalifornia’s new voting system will be perilous for the GOP, which may have no general-election candidates for governor or senator.
  19. Trump Considers Latino Pol and Would-Be Reality Star for CabinetUSDA prospect Abel Maldonado has a rep as a RINO and opposed Trump’s primary candidacy. But he is a farmer.
  20. Republicans Are Nearly Extinct in Some Parts of CaliforniaCalifornia’s top-two primary system has created a lot of one-party general-election contests in which the GOP is nowhere to be found.