July 28, 2014
by Jeremy Loudenback
The shock of the Representative Eric Cantor’s loss in the Virginia Republican primary earlier this summer has not quite subsided for some, including U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY).
According to a New York Times op-ed written by Schumer, Cantor’s loss to a small group of ideologically driven voters in the primary is the latest sign of an unhealthy primary system that is continuing the country’s already dire turn toward political polarization.
The remedy for the overwhelmingly tide of partisanship, according to Schumer, is to be found in California. He cites the state’s use of the open primary, or top-two, system as key factor in reducing gridlock. The idea is that during primary elections voters are free to choose any candidate, regardless of party. The top two vote getters advance to the general election even if it means two candidates from the same party are on the final ballot. (more…)