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Top-two California primary winners advance to the November ballot

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Long Beach Vice Mayor Robert Garcia was the top votegetter in the April 8 primary race for mayor. He is now the mayor-elect of the City of Long Beach. Robert Garcia

AirTalk’s panel of political experts are back to analyze and explain the results of yesterday’s California primary elections.

Neel Kashkari will run against incumbent Jerry Brown in the November election, Jim McDonnell and Paul Tanaka will go head-to-head in the L.A. Sheriff runoff, and Republican Elan Carr will face Ted Lieu in the battle to replace Congressman Henry Waxman.

Long Beach’s Robert Garcia will become the city’s first Latino and openly gay mayor, a landmark vote. Turnout for the California primary was within one percent of the lowest year on record, and there are lingering questions about the effectiveness of the top-two ballot.

Which contests will heat up in November? What does this election say about voter engagement? How did the top-two ballots impact turnout and results, if at all?


Ted Lieu, Democratic state Senator and runoff candidate for the 33rd Congressional District

Raphe Sonenshein, executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at CSU Los Angeles

Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, professor of the practice of public policy communication at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, political analyst for KNBC, Los Angeles

Fernando Guerra, professor of political science and director of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University

Robert Garcia, Mayor-elect, City of Long Beach

Jim McDonnell, Candidate for LA County Sheriff; Long Beach Police Chief

Elan Carr, republican candidate for the 33rd Congressional seat  

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