Wednesday, August 02, 2017

California 2018 Governor's Race. . . Uphill Battle

From Ballotpedia
By Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host

All of the Democrats running for Governor in California for the 2018 Election have agendas even more liberal than that of Governor Jerry Brown.  John Cox, while running as a Republican, has an agenda called the "neighborhood legislature" that is not only dangerous in the sense that it would create a larger bureaucracy, but if put into place would deepen the power of the supermajority by Democrats by increasing their percentage of control of California's legislature in pure numbers.  This leaves, in regards to any opportunity to flip California back in a more constitutional direction, Assemblyman Travis Allen.

Allen is the only true conservative of the bunch.  He is the only true constitutionalist of the bunch.

I met Travis Allen at the last Riverside County Republican Party Central Committee meeting, and he not only came across conservative, but very Trump-esque in the way he carries himself.  He looked me in the eye, cared about what I had to say, remembered my name, and has a no-nonsense attitude.  In short, he pulls no punches and is willing to fight for what he believes in.

With my own experience in running for office, however, the first thing we really need to look at is the money being raised. . . and to be honest, it doesn't look good.  Allen will have a major uphill battle.  That said, he's among the newest entrants, and it will take time to get the wheels of funding rolling, I am sure.

From the Los Angeles Times
The problem is, each of the main Democrats have over $5 million each, and in the case of Gavin Newsom, the hard left former mayor of San Francisco, he has over $15 million.

Which brings up another problem. . . the current open primary that California exists under.

The open primary enables the top two vote-receivers during the primary to be on the general election ballot in November, which means that it is possible for two members of the same party to face each other.  This happened in the last election, where two Democrats faced off for the U.S. Senate race, which led to the Kamala Harris' win.  While there is an effort underway to eliminate the open primary mess, we are still subject to its rules in the next election.

With the open primary still in place, if any Republican is going to have any chance in the next election, it will take the GOP coalescing around a single candidate.  If too many Republicans split the red vote, the candidate leading the GOP in the primary will not have enough votes to advance to the next level.  Therefore, while it looks like an uphill battle, right now Republicans need to decide on a candidate, and work together to back him.  Personally, when it comes to policies, Travis Allen is my preference.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

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