Many voters are still confused by the Top Two "Jungle Primary" system in California that has created the current jeopardy for Democrats in the race to replace Darrell Issa in the 49th congressional district.
Here are the three most important things to know about this primary election:
So, you can see why we've been trying to educate voters about how important the primary election is this year. If you want a real choice in November, you need to vote in June to make sure that at least one Democrat makes it on to the final ballot. And you need to be strategic in the way you vote. Throwing away a vote on a candidate who can't win in June simply increases the odds that two Republicans will go on the final ballot in November. This is tragic when all four Democratic candidates share the same policy positions on the important issues.
You can help get a Democrat on the final ballot by voting for the Democratic front-runner when the time comes. You'll know who that is because of polling. The current front-runners are Doug Applegate and Mike Levin with Sara Jacobs and Paul Kerr trailing. We'll publish all the polls as they come in, but you'll also see results in the news.
You have seen us try to reduce the number of Democratic candidates competing for your vote; we've been putting gentle but unrelenting pressure on Sara Jacobs and Paul Kerr to be heroes and patriots by stepping aside this year and giving the two Democratic front-runners the best shot at getting on the final ballot. Hopefully you now understand why this is important.
If you want to know more about the Top Two primary and what it means for us, we've provided a link below to a KCRA TV News story from 2014 that explains how the system works and also posted a link to a current Los Angeles Times article with more detail about the effects on the 2018 congressional races including the 49th district.
And here is the link to the LA Times article about the Top Two primary in 2018:
Voices of the 49th is committed to making sure that voters in the 49th congressional district have a meaningful choice in November... which means engaging, educating, informing, and influencing voters through the jungle primary in June so that a Democrat makes it on to the final ballot.