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  •  It's not party neutral at all (0+ / 0-)

    Since in a heavily democratic district without a clear democratic frontrunner, when two republicans run against a dozen democrats, the top two candidates will almost always be the two republicans.  

    The system is absurd.  There is no reason for the primary at all, since virtually the same results could be acheived by holding a single free-for-all election.  

    "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

    by Subterranean on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 11:41:11 AM PDT

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    •  Of course it's party neutral. (1+ / 0-)
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      codairem

      And any party that insists on shooting itself in the foot probably gets what it deserves.

      In your scenario, btw, is an admission that no Democratic candidate in that crowd much excites people in the district.

      As to those two Republican candidates, they already start out behind because it's a heavily Democratic district.

      A little discipline will go a long way.

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      by dinotrac on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 01:04:15 PM PDT

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      •  Not at all (0+ / 0-)

        It could be that several democratic candidates excite people.  

        What if the 2008 election had been between HRC, Obama, and Romney?  Romney would have won in a landslide with a plurality.

        That law is custom made for a disciplined minority party, which is the GOP in CA.  A diverse and vibrant political party doesn't march in goose step.  That's not because they shoot themselves in the foot, it's because they think independently.

        "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

        by Subterranean on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 11:47:25 AM PDT

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