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Cancel the Presidential Primary?

Ross Reynolds
12/04/2003 at 1:00 p.m.

Tomorrow, the Washington Legislature convenes in a special session where they’re expected to cancel Washington State’s presidential primary.

The Democrats want to hold party caucuses instead. The Republicans know who they’re choosing. It could save 6 million dollars to cancel the election. But will it effectively take the average voter out of deciding who the candidates will be? Are Washingtonians at a disadvantage when it comes to electing the next president if we cancel the primary? Is the primary system rigged in favor of New Hampshire and Iowa? Are primary elections just for the political parties, or are they for everyone? Is the primary system perfect or could it be improved?

Guests:
Rebecca Morton, New York University
Paul Berendt, Washington State Democrats
Dave Schmidt, Washington State Senator

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