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Trump-Russia scandal thrusts Reps. Swalwell, Khanna into spotlight

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Neither Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Dublin, nor Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Fremont, would have had a chance of reaching Capitol Hill if California voters had not ended the closed-primary system at the start of the decade. Swalwell would have been swamped by longtime Rep. Pete Stark in 2012, and Khanna would have been beaten by Rep. Mike Honda in 2016, and the two Democratic incumbents would have gone on to handily defeat their token Republican opposition. [...] the voter-approved reform — which allowed the top two finishers to reach the general election, regardless of party — allowed these two young Democratic politicians...
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