Open Primary

Changes To California's Election System Produced More Competitive Races, Record TurnoverFor 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.
Newcomer Swalwell Unseats Longtime East Bay Lawmaker StarkVoters 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.
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