Ben Cannatti and Ford O'Connell

“[Laird’s] so liberal,” said Kevin Spillane, a California Republican strategist working with Blakeslee. “A more moderate Democrat would have been a better fit for this district…What you're seeing in California is that Republicans are more motivated than Democrats. This is part of the environment nationally and in California.”

The rules for the August 17 election will give the victory to the top vote getter, without any 50-percent plus one requirement. Blakeslee is counting on pushing record numbers of his supporters to the polls once again, but he won’t have the advantage of catching the Democrats and their labor supporters napping on their get-out-the-vote effort this time around. Because the stakes are so high for everyone in California, the next round of this race is likely to be just as expensive as the June campaign -- according to the Sacramento Bee, “Before voters went to the polls in last month’s primary, more than $2 million had been poured into the race, either through campaigns or independent expenditures by interest groups.”

Republicans across the country should hope that conservative reason and fiscal sanity take the day on August 17. If Californians elect a state senator who wants to drive the Golden State to a better future, the rest of the country will be better off. The alternative is a nightmare that even Hollywood wouldn’t want to film.


Ben Cannatti and Ford O'Connell

Ben Cannatti is Political Director of the Republican State Leadership Committee. Ford O'Connell is the co-founder of ProjectVirginia.