Avoidance of the R-R problem is not the only victory in the June 5 California primary, where Democrats will be represented on the November ballot in all five Los Angeles area swing districts–CA-25: Katie Hill; CA-39: Gil Cisneros; CA-45: Katie Porter; CA-48: Harley Rouda; CA-49: Mike Levin.

It also turns out that premature reports of voter apathy have been in error. The New York Times reported on June 25 that compared with 2014, the last midterm election cycle, the share of Democrats voting in primaries notably increased in more than 20 of the most competitive House races of 2018. This graphic tells the story in Southland swing districts–the horizontal line represents 50%:




“Experts” had predicted low turnout in the June 5 primary, for example as reported here in the Sacramento Bee. This impression of low turnout persisted after the election, partly because of the large number of provisional ballots that had to be counted. But the final numbers have validated the work of Southern California activists, who apparently paid the experts no mind. The Voice of OC, reporting on June 25, called Orange County turnout the highest in three decades.

“It ain’t over ’till it’s over,” observed noted electoral expert, Yogi Berra.