California has an open "top two" primary system for statewide elections including U.S. Senate and Congress, state Senate and Assembly, governor, attorney general, secretary of state, etc. -- every eligible candidate from every party is lumped together in one big political crock pot The Democratic party has reams of new candidates entering their names at all levels. Good, right? Except it might come back to bite them. Should Democrats talk about thinning the ticket in districts with a large ticket of Democrats in order to avoid Republicans capturing both spots? How would they do that? Should the Democratic Party leadership in California intervene? CALIFORNIA Democrats sweat nightmare scenario in California In key House races, Republican candidates might be the only names on the ballot in November. https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/19/california-democrats-fear-nightmare-midterms-2018-346948 Democrats who cheered the retirement announcements of Reps. Darrell Issa and Ed Royce last week are sobering up to a new fear: A potential nightmare scenario in which no Democratic candidate ends up on the November ballot in either seat, dealing a blow to the party’s efforts to retake the House. The problem is California’s unusual, top-two primary system, where the top two vote-getters regardless of party affiliation advance to the November general election.