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  •  No...I don't think third party candidates stand a (2+ / 0-)
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    codairem, freelunch

    chance in top 2 primaries UNLESS there is: instant runoff/ranked voting where people are more apt to vote for who they really want first (despite the odds) rather than the lesser of evils  with a perceived chance of winning ...who would now become their second choice.   But since we do not have instant run off available except in a few places...that is almost irrelevant.

    Things to consider about any primaries:
    A) Smaller number of voters in primaries
    B) Usually they are the most committed to a cause or party.
    C) Less media attention to issues
    D) The less involved/informed voters don't pay much attention until after the primaries...

    Party primaries assure that even third party candidates will be on the election ballot and they can be a part of the discussion at a time when more voters become interested: going into the election.

    But even if we have Party Primaries...we should still have ranked/instant runoff in both the primaries and any  election where more than two candidates are in the running.

    Dollarocracy is not Democracy

    by leema on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 10:33:25 AM PDT

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