As expected some of the primaries last night have resulted in same-party runoffs for the general election. Roughly 3.8mm people voted yesterday. This contrasts with 13.7mm who voted int he last presidential general election; one wonders about the likely 10mm voters in November who will realize they've been denied options.
Top two voting disenfranchises all but the major parties. There will be no Green, Libertarian, Peace & Freedom, etc candidates for voters in November. And, in some places, there will be no Democrats or Republicans. (In some districts, the major party out of office did not have a challenger against an incumbent, these are not counted in my list of disenfranchised.)
The disenfranchised are (based on counts at 4:43AM today):
The Democrats of the 8th Congressional District: They get to choose between Republican Paul Cook (10,682 votes) and Gregg Imus (10,353 votes). Highest Democrat was Jackie Conaway (10,163).
Republicans of the 30th: Brad Sherman (Dem, 31,866) vs Howard Berman (Dem, 24,320). Highest Republican was Mark Reed (9,506)
Democrats of the 31st: This is perhaps the worst: GOP candidates combined for 27,145 votes and Democrats combined for 25,501: 51.6% to 48.4%. Yet the general is two Republicans. Greg Miller (14,057) vs Bob Dutton (13,088). Top Democrat: Pete Aguilar (12,016).
Republicans of the 33rd: Henry Waxman (40,383) vs Bill Bloomfield (No preference, 21,831). Top Republican: Christopher David (13,564)
None of the State Senate primaries contested by both parties ended up with an intra-party general election, although four (out of 20 up for vote) went uncontested by the Republicans.
State Assembly districts with intra-primary general elections after both parties contested the primary are the 1st (Democrats disenfranchised), 5th (Democrats), 10th (Republicans), 18th (Republicans), 19th (Republicans), 20th (Republicans), 23rd (Democrats), 39th (Republicans), 46th (Republicans), 47th (Republicans), 50th (Republicans), and 72nd (Democrats).