Skip to comments.Reps. Mike Honda, Tom McClintock find reelection no longer a lock
Posted on 05/02/2014 9:17:56 PM PDT by smokingfrog
SUNNYVALE, Calif. Rep. Mike Honda is a champion of liberal Democrats, Rep. Tom McClintock a rock-ribbed Republican.
Both are faithful to their parties' orthodoxy and represent Northern California districts heavily tilted in their favor. In the past, the two with 60 years in elected office between them would have coasted to reelection, the field cleared by their longevity, stature and party blessing.
The party primary is gone in California, except for presidential contests, and with it the parties' ability to protect their stalwarts. Today, Honda and McClintock find their jobs threatened by younger challengers in primary races that are among the most closely watched in the state generational battles made possible by California's relatively new election rules.
In the "jungle" primary, "young Turks are going to go after some of these old boys in their own party," said elections analyst Allan Hoffenblum.
Moreover, both McClintock and Honda are being challenged from the middle something of an anomaly, as attacks from within typically occur when an incumbent is considered not conservative or liberal enough. In California's new political landscape, primaries are no longer about appeasing the most strident wings of either party.
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I live in that district. It’s not going to happen.
I mean in the Honda district.
I remember thinking that something like this might happen when this system as introduced.
Left wing districts with moonbat Congressmembers always vote in someone moonbattier to succeed them.
An LA Slime hit piece. They have no shame and no paper to print on soon.
What about pelosi maybe a young turk will take her spot although this is very unlikely.
Hard to imagine anyone that could be worse than Pelosi. I’d vote for that druggie Toronto Mayor before her.
The primary system in CA is a stupid idea...I like the old system when you had to be a registered Republican to vote for a GOP candidate in the primary...
I live right next to McClintock’s district and I’ll probably be moving into it soon. I’ve not even heard about this RINO challenger Moore. His RINO opponent ran one of the most vicious smear campaigns against him when he first ran, and he trounced him anyway. I don’t think Tom is going to have a problem.
I hope you’re right.
Louisiana has used this ‘jungle’ primary for many years. They hold their primary
this cycle on Nov. 4, general election day, with a runoff if needed to be in Dec.
There are three in the McClintock race:
Tom McClintock - R
Art Moore - R
Jeffrey Gerlach - I
With the Jungle system all voters regardless of party preference will choose from
amongst the three. How the democrats and indepentdents vote may well determine the outcome.