If you want to know why political insiders fought new election reforms in California, you could ask Assemblyman Michael Allen. Or congressmen Pete Stark and Howard Berman. Under the election rules that existed before this year, all three incumbents would be gathering with friends this weekend to celebrate victories in Tuesday’s elections. Instead, Allen, the former Santa Rosan, appears to be on his way to losing his North Bay Assembly seat, and Stark and Berman have already lost their congressional seats.
California’s new top-two primary system may produce a few general election contests pitting a Democrat against a Democrat or a Republican against a Republican. But no one is projecting a top-two finish for any of the minor parties – Greens, Libertarians, Peace and Freedom and American Independent.