California Democrats avert lockouts in all but 1, maybe 2 of 53 House primaries

Voting booths in California
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Democrats went into Tuesday's California "jungle primary" — where the top two vote-getters advance to the general election, regardless of party affiliation — nervous that the scrum of viable Democratic candidates in must-flip House districts could shut them out of key races in November. Democrats were most worried about three Orange County seats — the 39th, 48th, and 49th congressional districts — and it looks like a Democrat made it to the general election in each race. In fact, a Democrat looks likely to appear on the ballot in all 53 House districts except maybe the 8th and 10th, where a Democrat and Republican are neck-and-neck for second place.

"By Wednesday morning, the party was most worried about a lockout in the 10th congressional district, in the Central Valley, where investor Josh Harder was clinging to second place by less than 1,000 votes," David Weigel explains at The Washington Post. "That race had combined all of the DCCC's danger signs — a second credible Democrat (Michael Eggman, who had run and lost the district twice), two female candidates, and a Republican who entered the race late and attracted some voters unhappy with Republican Rep. Jeff Denham over his support for immigration reform."

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Peter has worked as a news and culture writer and editor at The Week since the site's launch in 2008. He covers politics, world affairs, religion and cultural currents. His journalism career began as a copy editor at a financial newswire and has included editorial positions at The New York Times Magazine, Facts on File, and Oregon State University.