On Tuesday, voters across the country returned to the polls. Believe it or not, Wednesday marks one full year since Election Day 2016. And while some states held votes that attracted national attention — the governor’s race in Virginia, for example — Californians had only local contests to decide.
But don’t fret. Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a political analyst and professor at the University of Southern California, said the eyes of the national political parties will turn back to California soon enough. There’s a governor’s race in 2018, and a fight brewing over Dianne Feinstein’s senate seat. And perhaps most important to national onlookers, Dr. Bebitch Jeffe said, “California will play a major role in determining whether the Democrats have a chance of retaking the House.” As many as nine of 14 Republican seats could be vulnerable, she said.