The California primary is less than a week away, on March 3rd. For the first time California voters will be voting in a Presidential primary in March, on Super Tuesday, when we will have the opportunity to make a real difference in the selection of the Democratic candidate for President.
The voter turnout for primary elections is usually far below that of a general election, but if Californians don’t get out and vote for their preferred candidate in every race next Tuesday, they may not have the opportunity to vote for that candidate in November. California has a Non-Partisan Blanket Primary, or as it’s more commonly known, a Jungle Primary. This means that the top two vote getters in every primary contest (except for the vote for each party’s Presidential candidate) go on to the General Election. This can result in two Republicans, or two Democrats, competing for Congressional seats or state legislative seats in the November election.
An example of the danger of low voter turnout is the race for California’s 50th Congressional District. This is the seat previously held by Duncan Hunter and the district has long been a conservative stronghold. There is one Democrat running, Ammar Campa-Najjir. His competition includes two well-known Republicans, former Congressman Darrell Issa and former San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio. If Democrats don’t come out and vote for Campa-Najjir, they could end up having to choose between two Republicans in November.
When you think about how important it is to keep the Congress in Democratic hands, it is obvious how crucial it is to vote in the California Primary on Super Tuesday, March 3, 2020. If you have any questions about your registration, or where to vote, you can find them the answers here. Every one of us needs to be a responsible citizen of our amazing state and VOTE on Tuesday, March 3rd!
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