Saturday, February 21, 2009
FiveThirtyEight.com: Politics Done Right: "A jungle primary -- political scientists prefer the term 'nonpartisan blanket primary' -- is one in which all candidates from all parties appear together on the same primary ballot. The top two finishers, regardless of party, then advance to a run-off election, which is held at the usual date in November. (In some iterations, although not California's, this second step can be circumvented if one candidate receives an outright majority of the vote on her first try)."
I highly recommend Nate Silver's Analysis of the new WASTATE open primary system. The essence of the argument is that the open system encourages diversity among moderates of bnot parties and peripherates the extremists. He feels this may not be good because it leads to more Susan Collins and Mary Landrieus. I disagree. I think the true innovation i9n our system comes from the cross over candidates .. the blue dogs and red libruls.
Posted by SM Schwartz at 8:56 AM