California Will Have Clues for the Nation: How to Watch the Primary – by Nate Cohn – NYT

“The California primary elections on Tuesday might give us a better idea of whether Democrats are headed for a so-called wave election — or whether their recent slide in the generic ballot and the bump in President Trump’s approval rating mean they should worry. The quirks that make the California primary risky for Democrats also make it a leading indicator of the general election.

In California’s nonpartisan, top-two system (also sometimes called a jungle or blanket primary), any voter can cast a ballot for any candidate, regardless of party, and the top two candidates advance to the general election, again regardless of party. Historically, these top-two primaries look a lot like the general election, when any voter can similarly pick any candidate.”

Source: California Will Have Clues for the Nation: How to Watch the Primary – The New York Times

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