On January 31, 2015 at 08:24PM Mark Said…

Pretty much exactly as I predicted… The top-two primary system has elected a moderate in a heavily-Republican district. And as we have seen for several years since the system was also instituted in California, replacing radical dems and goppers with moderates in both parties.
………"Newhouse’s victory over Didier in Yakima may be the clearest evidence yet that a top-two primary system can work to marginalize, rather than incentivize, the political fringe."

Just as they did a century ago, the Pacific Coast states are leading the way in rejecting narrow partisanship and the cheats of the political caste, eliminating gerrymandering and making parties far less important as districts vote more for individuals who speak to voters like grownups, instead of sheep, to be whipped up with fear.

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