New York Times Highlights Congressional Race Between Stark and Swalwell

The Times talked about how the race here, in the 15th Congressional District, is an example of how California's new primary system is changing the state's political landscape.

Like every two years, there are 435 congressional races around the country this election season. But of all the races, the New York Times decided to write about the race happening right here, in the 15th Congressional District, on Monday.

It's easy to see why the Times would find the race between longtime congressman Pete Stark and Dublin City Councilman Eric Swalwell compelling for a national audience.

The 80-year-old Stark has been in congress longer than Swalwell has been alive and is considered one of the most liberal representatives in the country.

Also, Stark and Swalwell are both Democrats, and the Times used the race to take a look at California's new primary system, which allows the top-two performers in the primary to face each other in the general election.

“I wouldn’t have had a chance before,” Swalwell told the Times about the new primary system.

Stark, who won the June primary, would probably win easily in November if he was pitted against a Republican, considering that the district — which stretches from San Ramon to Fremont — has more registered Democrats than Republicans.

But a victory this year isn't a guarantee, since Republicans in the district might be more inclined to vote for the relatively moderate Swalwell compared to the liberal Stark.

The Times wrote:

In an example of how many of these voters could vote against the liberal Mr. Stark, one older man answered his door and closed it quickly, though not before saying curtly, “I’m a Tea Partyer — I’m voting for you.”

“What we’ve noticed is candidates in California playing to a wider ideological audience as a result of the top-two primary, instead of tailoring their message to a very narrow base,” said David Wasserman to the Times, who follows House races for the Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan newsletter.


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Edward October 22, 2012 at 07:42 PM
http://www.petestark.com/petes-endorsements List them side by side and Swalwell gets the "law and Order" Vote that Republicans allways push and Pete gets the Democrtat, Labor, Senior and Middle Class vote.
Edward October 22, 2012 at 07:45 PM
http://www.petestark.com/petes-endorsements The big List. http://www.petestark.com/video/pete-answers-the-tough-questions Why he runs.
Andrew October 26, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Summer "Hemp"Hill is just another Demo party hack who posts on every Patch board from Sacramento to Santa Barbara. I wonder if Summer is paid by the post or by the word of all the nonsense she types out.
Andrew October 26, 2012 at 07:01 PM
It is going to be amusing to see Stark on the evening of November 6th blame everybody and their uncle for his defeat. He has learned how to be a victim very well during his millenium in Congress.
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