Each week, the editor’s of LA Progressive pick what they regard as a particularly insightful comment from one of our readers, both to draw attention to one particular reader’s thoughts and to encourage more readers to weigh in with their opinions. This week’s pithy “Feedback Friday” response comes from Chris Darling, who commented on Frank Fear’s “Fight for Open Primaries Alive in Florida“Having independents be able to vote in primaries is a good thing. Open primaries, as described in this article and proposed in Florida, are terrible. We have open primaries of this kind in California and there are very real problems.
First, third parties will almost never have a candidate on the general election ballot. Don’t like the two who make it to the general election? Too bad; you will have no alternatives.
Second, in a swing district, if two Republicans run and 10 competitive Democrats do, the two Republicans could get the most votes, as the Democrats will split the liberal/Democrat votes,which guarantees a Republican win.
Third, in a liberal district, if a genuine progressive Democrat and a corporate Democrat are the top two, the corporate Democrat will likely get megabucks from business donors and can make a pitch to the small number or Republicans and win. Businesses play this strategy frequently in California.
All of these scenarios have happened in California Assembly or Senate races.
Better than totally open primaries would be that each party have its own primary. Party members and independents can vote in that party;s primary. That would prevent all of the above scenarios.
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