May 30, 2014
The odds are stacked against a healthy turnout at the polls for
Tuesday's primary election. First, it's hard to get voters jazzed
about contests that don't always produce clear winners. And San
Diego has the added challenge of election fatigue – didn't we just
do this? A couple times?
So political consultants Jennifer Tierney and Tom Shepard have adjusted their expectations and approaches accordingly. Tierney, who represents District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, City Council District 6 candidate Carol Kim and all four incumbent Superior Court judges, called this a "low information" election. "People are going to the polls with very limited information ... and that's common in primaries," Tierney told Liam Dillon and me. "People make up their minds late, and they make up their minds with very little information to go on."
Shepard, who consults for DA candidate Robert Brewer, County Supervisors Bill Horn and Ron Roberts and Carla Keehn, who's running for Superior Court judge, emphasized one potential impact of decreased participation: "Low turnout will tend to exaggerate the effect of Republican votes."
They both joined us on this week's VOSD Radio podcast to chat about their clients' races and the particular dynamics looming over next week's election.