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More on the results

One of the consequences of Prop. 14 is that, come November, voters will only get to choose between two candidates. Parties are no longer guaranteed lines on the general election ballot. Instead, only the top two vote getters will appear on the ballot, and it is possible for candidates from the same party to face each other in November. It is also possible for a minor party candidate (although none did) or a No Preference candidate to make it to the general election.

Using the results available this morning, which may have changed slightly by now, I made the following table. It shows the distribution of electoral contests across the different legislative districts (congressional, Assembly, and State Senate).

In all, there will 8 unopposed contests (5.2 percent of all the districts), 5 contests involving a major party candidate v. a No Preference candidate (3.3 percent), 28 intra-party contests (18.3 percent), and 112 traditional Democratic v. Republican contests (73.2 percent). I don’t have equivalent numbers for what the 2010 elections would have looked like, but the number of intra-party contests is a little surprising to me. I know at least one of this districts, CD 31, was supposed to be competitive in the fall.

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