The nomination of Republican John Cox as one of two gubernatorial candidates in California should make people wonder how two Democrats could advance to the November election with no Republican on the ballot.
This strategy to eliminate a certain set of people–a minority–from the General Election did not start in California.
It came after blacks were registered and allowed to vote in the deep south.
It came from the minds of those who did not think blacks should be allowed to hold public office.
My source is a state legislator from Mississippi or a nearby state who told me an an American Legislative Exchange Conference (ALEC).
In a person-to-person exchange, he bragged about how successful it had been.
Two whites would come in first and second in contests and the black would come in third.
Hence, the General Election result would exclude blacks.
Just as the General Election result in California in many races excludes Republicans, a minority in many contests as small as blacks in the deep South.