Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Sunday, February 25, 2018

Democratic activists in Orange County threw an impromptu party with cake, party hats and singing after Republican Rep. Darrell Issa announced he was retiring. But the exhilaration over the opportunity to capture a Republican congressional seat quickly turned to political panic. There are so many Democrats running for Congress in some districts that they could split the votes in the June 5 primary and send two Republicans to the November election, thanks to California's top-two primary system.




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The volume of Democratic candidates is a particular problem in Issa's 49th Congressional District in San Diego and south Orange County.

On a recent phone call with 300 local activists, organizers fretted over the entry of a fifth Democrat into the race and rumors about a sixth.

"What I would like to do is ship all these candidates to a deserted island for a season of 'Survivor,' " Terra Lawson-Remer, who leads the Flip the 49th grassroots group, said on the call.

Democrats also see possible trouble in the 39th Congressional District, set mostly in northeastern Orange County and currently represented by Rep. Ed Royce, who is retiring. There are at least eight Democratic candidates, and only one with experience as an elected official.

"There is a very real risk that we don't get a single Democrat through the primary [in those districts] if nobody decides to drop out," said Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), western vice chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which runs House races for the party.

The DCCC has done polling showing Democrats could easily be shut out in some of these crucial California contests. At least two polls of voters in the 39th and 49th districts show it's entirely possible two Republicans would break through and leave Democrats with a missed opportunity.


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Put this in the "be careful of what you wish for" category.

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-02-25 04:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Yeah, but I am proud the Latinos are looking for a seat at a table .... finally ...

Would be funny if Republican won because of this though...

#2 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2018-02-25 04:47 PM | Reply

They'll probably lose by trying to out liberal each other. It'll devolve into a victim fest and Dems will either stay home or fracture under the martyrdom weight on their shoulders.

#3 | Posted by jpw at 2018-02-25 05:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

Only questions to ask is who's held elected office before and who do those already in office want to see elected?

#4 | Posted by Tor at 2018-02-25 05:10 PM | Reply

Ha, this would be great to see.

#5 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-02-25 08:48 PM | Reply

In a way, this is kind of cool. I approve.

#6 | Posted by moder8 at 2018-02-26 12:59 PM | Reply

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