In congressional races, it has been nationwide Democrats straining to overcome the “top two” system. In three Southern California seats — dotting the realm between Los Angeles and San Diego — Democrats have been involved that disarray on the left might permit Republicans to seize the highest two slots and block Democrats from contesting districts which can be among the many most coveted in the nation.
The nationwide Democratic Party has spent thousands and thousands in current weeks to assault Republican candidates in tv advertisements, aiming to drive down their assist and create more room for Democratic candidates to rise.
And nationwide Democratic leaders have moved forcefully on their very own facet to endorse two favored Democrats in chaotic nomination fights: They have backed Gil Cisneros, a Navy veteran who received the California lottery, and Mr. Rouda, a rich actual property govt, for a pair of Republican-held districts in Orange County that Mrs. Clinton carried in the presidential election.
But the map of essential congressional races in California extends nicely past the Southern California seats the place Democrats concern a “top two” fiasco. The occasion can be selecting candidates to oppose weak Republicans in the Central Valley and elsewhere in the suburbs round Los Angeles, the place Mr. Trump’s insurance policies on immigration, taxes and well being care have put sitting lawmakers in deep peril.
Anneliese Gelberg, 21, needed to vote for Jess Phoenix, one among three feminine Democratic candidates operating for the House seat in California’s 25th Congressional District north of Los Angeles. For one, Ms. Gelberg mentioned, she was extra inclined to vote for girls. She additionally appreciated Ms. Phoenix’s insurance policies.
But somewhat than casting her vote for Ms. Phoenix on Tuesday, she mentioned she voted for one among Ms. Phoenix’s rivals — Bryan Caforio.
“I knew that she didn’t have a lot of backing or support,” Ms. Gelberg mentioned, over a lunch of grilled cheese and fries. In the top, she added, she needed a Democrat to beat the Republican incumbent, Steve Knight, and she thought Mr. Caforio had a greater probability.