Presidential Primaries Should Have Secondaries

The horrible flaw in presidential primaries is this: In a six-person field, one person with a fifth of the vote can look like a winner … and yet not even be among the majority’s Top 2 choices. Besides, what do such “victories” prove in small states? As a result, a marginally popular candidate can ride a wave of media hype to a nomination. Better idea: Halfway through the primaries, have one big “secondary,” a revote covering all the prior states, just among the top two or three candidates. Then repeat this process at the very end. The party that does is more likely to have a truly viable national candidate. 

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