FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CALIFORNIA’S ‘TOP TWO’ PRIMARY FAILS TO ATTRACT MORE MODERATE CANDIDATES, NEW DATA SHOWS
– Nearly half of Congressional challengers are more extreme than incumbents
– California Democrats and Republicans are more liberal than the national average
– Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General contests are most polarized statewide race
Los Angeles, California – June 2, 2014. Reformers’ hopes that California’s “top two” primary system would attract more moderates have suffered a setback, according to new research from Crowdpac, a new non-partisan political technology startup that calculates objective scores for candidates based on campaign finance records. Analysis of the ideological positions of candidates running for office in the California primaries tomorrow shows that nearly half the candidates who are challenging incumbents in Congress are more extreme than the incumbents they are seeking to replace, and over half the candidates for the State Assembly and Senate are more extreme than their respective incumbents.
The data analysis from Crowdpac shows that: Continue reading