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California's 'jungle primary' sets off party scrambling

By The Associated Press
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is scrambling to keep up with its wild "jungle primary" system. Both parties are trying to ensure they're not left behind in Tuesday's contests.

The two highest vote-getters, regardless of party, advance to the fall election. Neither Republicans nor Democrats are guaranteed a spot in all November races. Democrats worry two Republicans could make the runoff in several U.S. House contests. The GOP's all but guaranteed to be locked out of the U.S. Senate contest and are fighting tooth and nail to win a slot in the governor's race.

Californians voted to create the top-two primary system in 2010 at the urging of supporters such as then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who said it would encourage candidates to adopt more moderate positions rather than appeal to their party's most extreme voters.

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