Duf Sundheim, a former California Republican state chair, and a supporter of California’s top-two system, is quoted here as saying that “of course” the Republican Party will need to persuade some of the Republican candidates for U.S. Senate not to file for the June 2016 primary. Scroll down to “Border to border” to see that news.
Three Republicans have announced for U.S. Senate this year. They are Sundheim himself, who lives in Santa Clara County; Tom Del Beccaro, another former state chair of the party who lives in Contra Costa County; and Assemblymember Rocky Chavez of San Diego County.
Recent polls have shown that two Democrats, Attorney General Kamala Harris and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, will place first and second in the June 7 top-two primary, leaving the Republicans with no candidate in the general election campaign. But if only one Republican runs, potentially that one Republican might place in one of the top two spots. This race shows how the top-two system actually reduces voter choice even in the primary election, because without the top-two system in place, all three prominent Republicans could run without fear of injuring their own party.