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Polarizing Politicians: Is a top-two primary the answer?


How would things change if, instead of the political system we have now, we moved to a "top-two" primary? In other words, one primary in which the top two candidates, regardless of party, move on to the general election.

Paul deLespinasse is a professor emeritus of political science at Adrian College, and believes a big reason for gridlock in Congress and state legislatures in this country is our primary system. 

deLespinasse, who now lives in Oregon, says the current primary system is flawed because politicians tend to either be polarizing to voters, or tend to flip-flop in an attempt at being more centered, resulting in calls of being unprincipled. deLespinasse says a top-two primary system would help moderate politicians, and reduce political conflict and polarization.

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