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# of candidates cause cluster in CA

Michael Ahrens - February 25, 2018

Democrats’ path to regaining the House majority leads through California, but the record-breaking number of candidates running has national Democrats hitting the panic button. Take a look at the size of the Democratic field in these Republican-held districts:

There’s a growing concern that a “nightmare scenario” could play out in some of these districts, one in which no Democrat makes it on the ballot in November. (In California, the top two primary vote-getters advance to the general election, regardless of party affiliation.) According to the LA Times, “[t]he DCCC has done polling showing Democrats could easily be shut out in some of these crucial California contests.”

And with how far to the left the party has lurched, Democrats who do qualify for the general are likely to be too extreme for their districts. Earlier today, California Democrats made it clear that even Dianne Feinstein (one of the most liberal members of the U.S. Senate) is not nearly liberal enough for them anymore. The party refused to endorse her bid for re-election, favoring her progressive rival by a vote of 54 to 37 percent.

The Democratic establishment’s freak out isn’t just limited to California either. Late last week, the DCCC took the rare step of dropping an opposition research bomb on a Democratic candidate in TX-7, fearful she’d emerge from a crowded seven-candidate primary. And it seems to backfiring…

It’s a scorched earth strategy the DCCC says it’s willing to wage in more districts across the country. NBC’s Chuck Todd has more on the “intraparty warfare” playing out in Texas… 

 

Grab your popcorn. 🍿


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