Joe Garofoli wrote today in the San Francisco Chronicle that “Just because California Democrats hold every statewide office and a supermajority in the Legislature doesn’t mean they’re not worried about 2014.”
Here are a few more excerpts from Garofoli’s article:
Some Democratic insiders fret that, essentially, life may be too good for the party right now. Their lurking fear: Without a high-profile presidential election or a big-name Republican challenger lined up yet against Gov. Jerry Brown, Democratic voters won’t be interested enough to cast ballots in November. If that happens, the GOP could pick off a few seats in the Legislature, wrecking the Democrats’ two-thirds majority and damaging Brown’s ability to move his agenda.
Adding to Democratic insiders’ anxiety is that social and religious conservatives are close to qualifying a ballot measure to overturn a new law that grants rights to transgender students. That could boost GOP turnout. And if the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature health care law, continues to stumble, that could bring a few more Republicans to the polls.
While the rest of California may not tune in to the election until weeks before residents cast ballots, the political class thinks about this kind of stuff now – a year before election day – because this is the time when campaigns are formed, major donors are solicited and ballot measures are circulated.
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