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Why a move to a simultaneous Presidential Primary system might be counter-productive

Deltas, George, Herrera, Herrera and Polborn, Mattias (2015) Why a move to a simultaneous Presidential Primary system might be counter-productive. USApp– American Politics and Policy Blog (28 Jul 2015). Website.

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Despite the current wall-to-wall coverage of the 2016 primary race, the primary elections themselves are not scheduled to begin until February 2016, and will last until June. This drawn-out primary cycle gives a great deal of influence to a small number of voters in early primary states, such as Iowa and New Hampshire. George Deltas, Helios Herrera and Mattias Polborn look at proposed alternatives to this system, in the form of a one-day national primary system or one where all states in the Northeast, Midwest, West and South would vote simultaneously. Using models of voter information, they argue that a sequential voting system performs much better than a one-day national primary, but that the parties could improve the system even further by encouraging lagging candidates to drop out more quickly.

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Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors, USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog, The London School of Economics and Political Science.
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2015 13:35
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2021 23:23

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