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Low turnout in California in November could lift prospects for GOP
Low turnout in California in November could lift prospects for GOP

The Democratic Party's dominance of California is close to a historic peak. But strength can draw trouble. Although all signs point to an easy reelection for Gov. Jerry Brown in November and million-vote victories for some of the party's other statewide candidates, the lack of serious competition at the top of the ticket portends low turnout at the polls. In the June primary, three out of four voters skipped the election — a record low. For Republicans, who tend to do better when fewer voters cast ballots, the prospect of little turnout in November offers a rare opportunity to build an edge in as many as a dozen fiercely contested congressional and legislative races. ...

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