Mon, May 14, 2012 -- 9:00 AM

Election 2012: Debut of the Top-Two Primary System

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In the first statewide election since California voters created the top-two primary system, the two candidates with the most votes on June 5 -- regardless of their party affiliation -- will move on to face off in the November election. How will the new system impact the state's political landscape?

Host: Michael Krasny


  • Jon Fleischman, GOP strategist and publisher of, a website on California politics
  • Kevin Yamamura, senior writer for The Sacramento Bee
  • Laura Wells, 2010 Green Party candidate for Governor of California
  • Steve Peace, former California Democratic legislator and co-chairman of the California Independent Voter Project, which authored the Top Two Candidates Open Primary Act

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