Arnold Schwarzenegger teamed with the Democrats to rewrite the rules, and now it seems clear you won’t be allowed to vote for any Republican for Senate or Governor in November.
Schwarzenegger didn’t like it that conservatives kept winning Republican primaries. Imagine that. He only got in because he was able to bypass the Republican primary via the Gray Davis recall ballot.
So, he worked with Democrats to change the rules, and shut out conservatives by making every election work more like recall ballot. Partisan primaries are dead in California. And once again, no Republican will be allowed on the ballot in November against Senator Dianne Feinstein, or the top Democrats for Governor, per this new poll.
PPIC’s poll has it all Democrats on top. Senator Dianne Feinstein leads for Senate 46-17 over fellow Democrat and state Senate leader Kevin de Leon, and so those two are projected to be on the ballot in November. For Governor, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom (D) leads former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) 23-21, and so those two are projected to be on the ballot in November.
The best showing of any Republicans in the poll? Travis Allen and John Cox for Governor check in at 8% and 7% for 4th and 5th place. Unless one of them, or someone else, makes a run to pass Villaraigosa, you will not be allowed to vote for any of them for Governor in November.
And as for Senate, Republicans aren’t even a blip yet.