Election 2014

California Voter Turnout in the Toilet

May dip below 50 percent for first time in state's history

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Here in California, with no U.S. Senate seat on the ballot, the suspense is over smaller stakes. Turnout might hit a record low, dropping below 50 percent for the first time in the state's history.

At the top of the ticket, Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to beat Republican challenger Neel Kashkari by a wide margin to win an unprecedented fourth term. Democrats hold sizable leads in the races for lieutenant governor, controller, treasurer, attorney general and secretary of state. Down the ballot, however, the less-visible but hard-fought nonpartisan race between Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and challenger Marshall Tuck is a dead heat.

A few California House seats might come down to the wire as well, including Sacramento County's 7th District, where freshman Democrat Ami Bera has fought to fend off a challenge from Republican former Rep. Doug Ose in what has become one of the nation's costliest congressional contests. This and a few other races might narrow, though not overcome, Democrats' margin in the state's House delegation.

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  1. Wow. I searched the article — too insipid to read.

    Not one mention of the Top Two primary system, certainly a significant contributor to the absolute lack of any interest in California this season.

    The actual election happened in June, when no one was paying attention. There isn’t even a token campaign in most races in November.

    So the electorate was both disenfranchised and disinterested: the incumbents couldn’t have asked for a better result from Top Two primaries.

    On the bright side, with no one to vote for I went through the six-page ballot very rapidly!

    1. When Georgia was a One-Party state for a hundred years or so, this was also common. Races were decided in the Democratic Primary and November was an afterthought.

      I wonder how your possible upcoming century of one party rule will proceed.

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