That's because the state operates using an open primary -- some people call it a "jungle primary" -- in which only the top two primary vote-getters make it onto the general election ballot, regardless of party. And on Tuesday, not one Republican was poised to make the cut. CNN projected that Attorney General Kamala Harris would get the most votes. Rep. Loretta Sanchez was solidly in second place. So two Democrats had by far the most votes of the 34 (yes, 34
) candidates on the ballot. The nearest Republican, Duf Sundheim, was in third with 10% of the vote, reflecting the strength of California's leftward shift over the past generation and setting up a rare Democrat vs. Democrat matchup this fall.