CA Republicans Shut Out of U.S. Senate Race

Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris urges funds for tracking prescription drugsCalifornia Republicans emerged from a bruising primary election day without a candidate in the runoff race to replace outgoing Sen. Barbara Boxer — triggering an unprecedented new political calculus in which GOP voters will be courted by the underdog Democrat. “Democratic Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez survived Tuesday’s U.S. Senate primary election, but finished so far behind front-runner Kamala Harris that her chances of a surprise victory in November may depend on a disparate patchwork of California voters, including a bevy of Republicans,” the Los Angeles Times noted.

“Out of a field of 34 Senate candidates, Harris won 40.4 percent of the vote Tuesday compared with Sanchez’s 18.6 percent. The Democratic state attorney general bested Sanchez in all but five of California’s 58 counties and almost beat the congresswoman in her home county, according to preliminary election returns.”

Although a range of factors compounded to create the disappointing result, California’s newfangled “jungle primary” system bore primary responsibility. The arrangement, pitched via Proposition 14 “as a way to force politicians to campaign toward voters in the middle rather than at the extremes,” appeared instead to pull the electorate to the left, not the middle, as the San Jose Mercury News reported:

“GOP candidates failed to advance in many of the Bay Area’s premiere contests as well as the race for the Golden State’s first open U.S. Senate seat in more than two decades. Two Democrats will compete in that contest as well as the races to represent the 14th Assembly District, which covers northern Contra Costa and southern Solano counties, the 24th Assembly District, which straddles San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, and the 27th Assembly District, which covers most of south San Jose and the Evergreen area, among others.”

In at least some instances, however, these bad-news outcomes for the state GOP will come with a perverse silver lining. “With Democrats Sanchez and Harris squaring off for the Senate seat, Republicans will have no one other than Trump at the top of their ticket. And his presence will ripple to every congressional, state Senate and Assembly race,” the Sacramento Bee’s Dan Morain surmised. “You could have historic low turnout for Republicans,” one Democratic consultant told Morain, having blown his prediction that at least one Republican would make it onto the ballot for Senate in November. During an election cycle when long-festering disagreements among Democrats could have presented some problems in the voting booth, Trump’s potential to disorganize and demoralize California Republicans has restored confidence among party leaders. But Republicans desperate to avoid being tarred with Trump’s brush will be spared in districts where they’re not fielding a candidate thanks to the jungle primary.

California Republicans could also find themselves with a paradoxical opportunity to find common ground with Latino voters. Both blocs, analysts have agreed, are especially inclined to throw their support toward Sanchez and away from Harris. Latinos have more than ethnic affinity at play in their preference for Sanchez: California’s longstanding geographic divide has left Southern Californians, including many Latinos, without as much influence in and around Sacramento as Bay Area Democrats.

But in addition to the opportunity to pull the lever for Sanchez, Latinos have also been projected to turn out in droves for another reason. “Latino voter registration in California has nearly doubled this year, according to the secretary of state’s office,” the New York Times observed. “Many believe those newly registered voters will turn out on Tuesday, driven in large part by anti-immigrant rhetoric from the Republicans’ presumptive nominee, Donald J. Trump. In a poll released in late May, Ms. Sanchez had the support of roughly 48 percent of Latinos, compared with 19 percent for Ms. Harris.”

Although Trump won California’s Republican primary, party leaders generally fear his impact on their political fortunes. In joining forces with Latinos for Sanchez, the state GOP would gain a chance to rebuild bridges Trump could otherwise destroy.

This piece was originally published by CalWatchdog.com

Comments

  1. Gotta Gedada Displace says

    Why calling it the “jungle” primary? More like the “junta” primary !
    Why has GOP and all other Non-Dimocrats just sat and watched, instead of joining and acting to overthrow this DISENFRANCHISEMENT ?

  2. Well, what in the “eff” did you think would happen when this initiative passed last year. Kalifornia will be the first communist State in the Union. It will become a “one” party State run by liberal hacks with a majority population of low paid latinos and liberal wealthy elites. Any body with any sense at all is selling out and moving away but not to Oregon or Washington which are right behind CA in stupidity.

  3. ACROSS THE BOARD, DEMOCRATS! ALL WE CAN DO IS WATCH CALIFORNIA GO DOWN THE TUBES….AND THE DEMOCRATS HAVE JUST LOST THEIR RIGHT TO COMPLAIN!!!

  4. This will not end well.

  5. DENNIS WOLLEN says

    CALIFORNIA, OREGON and WASHINGTON have become the cesspools of illegal Mexican disease infested aliens and the COMMUNIST DEMOCRAT PARTY………
    THE VOTERS IN THESE STATES, AND TEXAS SOON TO BE, ARE THE IGNORANT GANG INFESTED ILLITERATE ILLEGAL MEXICANS AND THE DEMOCRAT’S LOWLIFE LOW INFO SHEEP OF LUCIFER WORSHIPING COMMUNISTS………
    THESE STATES WILL SOON BE DEAD…..THANK GOD……..
    THEY’RE DIEING IN THEIR OWN FECES AND CANCEROUS COMMUNIST PUSS………..

  6. Just use the write in vote and vote for your Republican candidate anyway. Why should citizens be denied their voice in the elections by corruption and democrat criminal acts? There is no way in hell I’d vote for a demoncrap in Kalifornication. They are all evil and filthy, especially that whore Harris. She’s as corrupt as they come.

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