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GOP Locked Out Of U.S. Senate Race In Most Populous State

June 8, 2016

For the record I am not in favor–and never have been–of this type of primary where the top two vote-getters advance to the general election.    But those are the rules in some states, including California.  I truly think that competing ideas from parties vs. candidates is what general elections should be about.

This morning one thing is most clear in California..  There will be a Democratic winner for their U.S. Senate seat in November–and it will be a woman.

I  strongly favored Kamala Harris, the state’s attorney general, and she did a grand job.  As of this posting she was leading with 40% with most precincts counted.

Loretta Sanchez, a House member from Orange County, finished second  so that sets up a Democrat-versus-Democrat general election clash for retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer’s seat.

The primary results guarantee that  the seat will stay in the hands of a Democratic woman. Sanchez is vying to be the first Latina senator, while Harris would be just the second African-American woman elected to the Senate.  We can all be proud regardless of the outcome.

Meanwhile the leading Republican contender, Duf Sundheim, had 9 percent of the vote.  The problem was the GOP is so troubled in that state they could not coalesce behind one candidate.  Eleven other Republicans split thousands of votes among them, locking their party out of the Senate race in the nation’s most populous state.

Republican egos on full display!

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