With just 82 days remaining until the Republican Convention, Ted Cruz and John Kasich have publicly discussed their plan to launch a coordinated opposition effort to Donald Trump in upcoming state primaries. The idea is to consolidate Cruz and Kasich supporters behind the most competitive alternative to Trump in each of the remaining states, rather than splitting the anti-Trump vote between the two candidates.
For two decades, the Commission on Presidential Debates has excluded every candidate from the general election presidential and vice-presidential debates but two: the nominees of the Republican and Democratic Parties. On April 13th, FairVote filed an amicus brief in support of Level the Playing Field and other plaintiffs to change this exclusionary rule and help open the debates to more competition.
More than 12,500 of Berkeley’s roughly 38,000 students (32%) participated in this year’s election for the Associated Students of the University of California Senate and executive branch. This level of turnout is impressive in student elections and can be, at least in part, attributed to the dynamic climate around campus politics at Berkeley.
Today, April 12th, Alabama will hold costly runoff elections for the District 1 and District 7 seats on the Alabama State Board of Education, as well as several Circuit Court Judge nominations. These runoffs are required when no candidate receives a majority of votes in the primary elections, which took place on March 1st.
I wanted to highlight a new proposal: the “ Public Primary.” First proposed to us last year by Chad Peace of the Independent Voter Project as an “all independent primary,” the idea has taken more shape in the succeeding months. Chad now calls it a Public Primary, as do we.
As the first results came in from Arizona on Tuesday night, observers were in for a surprise. Nearly one in five votes in the Republican presidential primary had been cast for Marco Rubio, who had withdrawn from the campaign a week before. In fact Rubio was third, close behind Ted Cruz. Were Arizona voters insanely loyal or was something else going on?
The very fact that voters are segregated by party affiliation to choose nominees means the emerging candidate pool will naturally have viewpoints that skew to their party’s more vocal base. Whether it is a local mayoral election or a statewide senate race, candidates hoping to secure their party’s nomination often veer to the extreme.