The top Democrat, John Garamendi, the top Republican, David Harmer, and the three alternative party candidates will face each other in a diminished field for the general election, to be held on November 3rd.
The way these elections work in California is that it’s possible for one candidate to emerge to claim the seat, being vacated by Democrat Ellen Tauscher, without a general election taking place. For that to happen, however, the top candidate has to get more than 50 percent of the vote.
What the article doesn’t state: Only Democrats and Republicans were allowed to take part in the debate. The four other candidates, including Jeremy Cloward, showed up but were shut out.