Sunday, July 17, 2011

Open Primaries Bring Independent Voters to the Table in 2012

OPEN PRIMARIES
  • Marin Voice: New campaign laws could impact Marin congressional race (By Richard Rubin, Marin Independent Journal) That answer is less predictable after passage of Proposition 14 last November, ushering in open primaries that permit the two top vote-getters, irrespective of party affiliation, to face off in the general election. This increases the chances for more vote-splitting — especially if other high-profile Democrats should decide to enter the race… While this could create some openings, even for minority party candidates, given the numerical and fund-raising disadvantages, it is unlikely any could mount a strong enough contest.
  • Primary confusion (Toledo Blade) But some Republicans want a closed caucus. Because Michigan, unlike Ohio, has no party registration, Democrats and independents are free to vote in a GOP primary.

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