A quick look at some peculiarities of California’s primary

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Being the biggest as well as the most populous state in the U.S., California has always played a crucial role in the selection of the president. As Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton are trying to woo California voters ahead of June 7 primary, let’s have a quick look at some peculiarities of the Golden State’s primary.

This, Democrats and not Republicans have decided to open their process to independents. That is of noticeable significance to Bernie Sanders. According to a recent poll conducted by Field Research, more than a fourth of Democratic likely voters will be independents. It is worth mentioning here Sanders has been winning independents by a huge margin.

Secondly, a relatively heavy voting is carried out by mail in California, partly due to the option of undying voting-by-mail registration. Those voters who register for voting-by-mail automatically receive a ballot around a month from the date of election. In 2014 statewide primary, at least 69 per cent of voters cast their votes by mail.

The presidential primary in the state will coincide with the top-two primary for all non-presidential offices. The top-two primary system, which was instituted in 2010, abolished party primaries for non-presidential contests altogether. It simple words, everyone will compete for two spots in the November election.

To win the Republican Party’s nomination for president and avoid a frenzied open convention, Trump needs to win 59 per cent of overall remaining delegates. California will play a crucial role as it alone accounts for 172 delegates or 14 per cent of the 1,237 delegates that Trump needs to win the nomination.