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  •  is that true? (5+ / 0-)
    The DCCC, without question, hopes that they get that chance.
    I wonder if the DCCC would prefer a relatively easy Hahn win to an intra-Dem war.

    (Me? I want Bowen to be in Congress.)

    •  Yeah, I didn't buy Steve's last sentence either (1+ / 0-)
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      The DCCC, without question, hopes that they get that chance.
      Wha?
      •  Did you misunderstand, maybe? (5+ / 0-)

        Steve is saying the DCCC prefers Bowen in the top 2, so it's an all-Dems runoff where no national resources need be wasted.

        Yes, of course that's what they want.

        Honestly the new CA system helps us.  At worst we end up with the same thing as before and as is normal almost everywhere else:  a Dem vs. GOP general election.  Only the most heavily Republican and unwinnable districts would end up with GOP vs. GOP runoffs.  And on occasion we get intraparty Dem runoffs where we don't have to sweat it or expend resources, as is the case here if Bowen eeks it out.

        43, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and a boy, Democrat, VA-10

        by DCCyclone on Wed May 18, 2011 at 05:47:59 PM PDT

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        •  Yeah, (2+ / 0-)
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          Steve S. clarified in a comment below.

          Even if Huey does wind up in the runoff after the counting is done, the situation is basically just what we would've had prior to the law changing last year: both major party winners advancing to the runoff. (though the minor parties are definitely getting screwed by the top-two).

    •  I Based That On Two Assumptions.... (8+ / 0-)

      1. They wouldn't have to commit a dime to a Hahn-Bowen general (indeed, they could stay the hell out of it).

      2. They WILL have to commit to a Hahn-Huey general, because Huey can always cut a check to match Hahn's fundraising (and then some--he beat her by about 100K in the primary).

      They might not like the optics of it, especially if it gets ugly, but they don't have to spend a dime, and they don't have to worry about either (a) winning narrowly, and giving the press a reason to write "resurgent Republican" crap, or...God forbid...(b) losing. Even if Hahn is a 98% chance of winning (and I'd say she is), I have to imagine they'd prefer a 100% chance of having a Dem.

      "Every one is king when there's no one left to pawn"
      Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

      by Steve Singiser on Wed May 18, 2011 at 04:44:06 PM PDT

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    •  Not sure who I would have voted for (1+ / 0-)
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      but I think there is a good case to be made that Bowen is better continuing her excellent work as Secretary of State rather than being one of the newest members of the minority party in the House.

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