Dems Panic After Issa Retirement

Free Beacon / Susan Crabtree

Activists concerned vote-splitting in primary could lead to two GOP candidates in general

Democrats got what they wanted when Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) announced plans to retire earlier this month, but the group of liberal activists who helped push him out is starting to voice concerns about winning his seat.

Flip the 49th Neighbors in Action protested weekly outside Issa's office in the North San Diego district; with Issa in the race, the seat was considered the GOP's most vulnerable in the nation. However, the landscape has shifted significantly since the nine-term veteran Republican bowed out.

Topping the list of Democratic concerns is the possibility that two Republicans with strong name recognition could emerge from the June primary as the top vote-getters in the politically divided district.

Because of the state's primary system—which allows only the top two candidates receiving the most votes, regardless of party affiliation, to run in the general—Democrats theoretically could be shutout entirely.

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