Many us who watched the state's independent redistricting commission drawing congressional lines collectively sighed when we saw the newly drawn lines in the San Fernando Valley. Because of the way the lines were drawn two incumbent Congressman, both Jewish Democrats with similar voting records that are determined to win, will face off in elections this year.
Representatives Howard Berman and Brad Sherman and running for the same congressional seat. The two prodigious fundraisers have wasted no time. Reports that came out this week show that Berman has raised a total of $2.9 million and Sherman has raised $3.7 million.
The Berman-Sherman matchup is expected to be one of the most expensive Congressional races this year. The fundraising reports support this conclusion. But savvy voters must ask themselves an important question: will such a matchup ever occur?
One might initially assume that Berman and Sherman, the front runners in terms of name recognition and fundraising, will proceed to the general election. However, there are options. Berman and Sherman, so similar in so many ways, could split the vote. We've seen this phenomenon play out when an actor is up for an Oscar in two different movies. Another option is that most of the Sherman voters go to Berman, or vice versa. Put another way, a Berman-Sherman matchup is not guaranteed.
For now the public can read the tea leaves and the fundraising numbers to attempt to divine how things will end up after the open primary.