Liberal activists of the Flip the 49th Neighbors in Action got what they wished for when Representative Darrell Issa announced his retirement. Now the California 49th seat is a wide-open battleground with the Democrats still on the short end of the stick. How is that even possible in California? One of the key issues is how the primaries are run in that State. It is an open primary with the top two candidates getting into the run-off. Guess who has the upper hand? The GOP does at this point. Read all about the Dems panic right here.
As Written and Reported By Susan Crabtree for the Free Beacon:
Activists concerned vote-splitting in primary could lead to two GOP candidates in general.
Democrats got what they wanted when Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) announced plans to retire earlier this month, but the group of liberal activists who helped push him out is starting to voice concerns about winning his seat.
Flip the 49th Neighbors in Action protested weekly outside Issa’s office in the North San Diego district; with Issa in the race, the seat was considered the GOP’s most vulnerable in the nation. However, the landscape has shifted significantly since the nine-term veteran Republican bowed out.
Topping the list of Democratic concerns is the possibility that two Republicans with strong name recognition could emerge from the June primary as the top vote-getters in the politically divided district.
Because of the state’s primary system—which allows only the top two candidates receiving the most votes, regardless of party affiliation, to run in the general—Democrats theoretically could be shutout entirely.
Flip the 49th is so worried it held an “emergency” strategy-session conference call Tuesday night that organizers say more than 300 joined. Organizers on the call referred to the “Pete Aguilar” rule as a warning to Democratic activists in the district……
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