With Issa and Royce leaving, the #elitemedia scrambles to find new favorites

The voter approved top-two primary system has California’s elite media in a quandary.  So many Democrats…who to support?

Democrats hoping to win back congressional control have two of their best shots in California, where two Republicans are retiring from racially diverse districts that have been trending against the GOP.

However for Democrats, the situation is a bit muddled.

There are 13 Democrats running to replace Reps. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) and Darrell Issa (R-Vista) in the 39th and 49th congressional districts, and Democrats are panicked the top-two primary could prevent them from even making the November ballot.

When Royce and Issa decided to bolt, that invited new candidacies from multiple Republicans, many with more experience than the Democratic contenders.

In a year when Democrats must flip 24 Republican House seats to reclaim the majority, every race counts. The California contests in Orange County and northern San Diego should be low-hanging fruit, since both districts chose Hillary Clinton for president in 2016.

The crowded races and the top-two primary back the results far less certain.

The Los Angeles Times provides a good election rundown here: 36 candidates are on the ballot in these California districts, and two of them will be heading to Congress

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