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Open Primary

The floor of the California Assembly during a recent session. (Getty Images/Justin Sullivan)

Changes To California’s Election System Produced More Competitive Races, Record Turnover

For the first time, California had an open primary system in which the top two candidates, regardless of party, advanced to November. And they ran in districts drawn by a nonpartisan commission instead of by lawmakers protecting their own safe seats.

11/09/2012

(L-R) Eric Swalwell, Rep. Pete Stark (CBS)

Newcomer Swalwell Unseats Longtime East Bay Lawmaker Stark

Voters in the newly redrawn 15th Congressional District tossed out Rep. Pete Stark on Tuesday in favor of a more moderate Democrat, Alameda County prosecutor Eric Swalwell.

11/07/2012

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