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Some June write-in candidates made it to the November ballot
Some June write-in candidates made it to the November ballot

The state's relatively new top-two primary election system has helped more than a dozen June write-in candidates earn places on the Nov. 4 ballot -- and without paying filing fees. Under the top-two system, all the candidates for a given California office appear on the same ballot and only the first- and second-place finishers are allowed to advance to the fall general election, regardless of any party affiliation. In the two state election cycles in which the new system has been used, it has produced several fall races pitting members of the same party against each other and, in a handful of contests opened the door for an unaffiliated candidate to compete head-to-head with a...

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