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  •  this is exactly what many of us were screaming (2+ / 0-)
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    askew, IM

    about when the stupid top two system (pushed by third party advocates) was passed.

    CA-31: I'm not sure I've ever seen a race turn around from Tossup to Safe R in one fell swoop before, but that's what we're left with after the Top 2 primary in California's San Bernardino-based 31st district. Despite this being, on its face, a Dem-leaning district with a Hispanic plurality, the vagaries of the top 2 system wound up giving us two Republicans for the ballot in November: Rep. Gary Miller and state Sen. Bob Dutton. Miller and Dutton finished at 27 and 25 respectively, with Redlands mayor Pete Aguilar, the Dem expected to finish in the top 2, narrowly behind at 23, getting hosed by the presence of three other minor Dems (one of whom, Justin Kim, got 13%). A write-in candidacy isn't possible under the new law, so one of the GOPers will be the new congressman here.
    now, all those "progressive/green" advocates who thought this system would give them a better shot at the ballot only have to look at their own feet to see where that "shot" landed.

    it is critical that this initiative be undone!  it is dangerous and unfair - the district will NOT be represented by an official that represents their point of view.


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