On July 12, U.S. District Court Judge Percy Anderson declined to enjoin California’s top-two open primary system. The case is Elise Brown v Debra Bowen, 2:12-cv-5547. This case is very new, and had been filed by a San Bernardino County Democrat on June 26, 2012. She lives in the Eighth U.S. House district, a strongly Republican district including rural and suburban parts of San Bernardino County and Inyo County. The only two candidates who will be on the November 2012 ballot in that district are Republicans.
The brief order says “At most, plaintiff has established that she lives in a district in which Democrats were unable to coalesce around a single candidate to secure a spot on the general election.” Here is the opinion.
Actually, Democrats did a good job of coalescing in that race. Only two Democrats ran in the June 5 primary, but ten Republicans ran, as well as former Republican legislator Anthony Adams who ran as an independent. Nevertheless, the two top vote-getters were Republicans Paul Cook and Gregg Imus, both very conservative. Here is a link to the unofficial returns for that race. California official election returns for the June 5, 2012 primary are set to be released by the Secretary of State on Friday, July 13, at the end of the day.
Judge Anderson says this case is about associational rights, but actually it is about voting rights.