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June 06, 2012


California Primary Produces One-Party Races

California voters sent Democratic candidates to face each other in November in two high-profile congressional races, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The closest-watched race in CA-30 pitted former allies Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) and Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) against one another. The two Democrats were forced to face off because the state's redistricting process left them on overlapping turfs. As the top two finishers, they'll go on to November's general election.

Meanwhile, in CA-44, Rep. Janice Hahn (D-CA) and Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA) were both declared winners soon after polls closed.

"Tuesday's poll marked the first time in more than a decade that Californians voted under an open-primary system rather than in party primaries. Instead of separate ballots for Republican and Democratic candidates, sending one of each to the November election, there's a single ballot listing all the candidates, with the top two vote-getters advancing to the general election."












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