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Missing: Fringe political parties under the top-two primary system
Missing: Fringe political parties under the top-two primary system

So, is the electoral deck stacked even more for Democrats and Republicans under California's top-two primary system? Judging by the secretary of state’s Statement of Vote released Monday for the June 3 primaries, the answer is, yes. It turns out the top-two primary means a thinner, less diverse ballot both in the primaries and in the November general election, which was anticipated by critics of the approach. This is the system under which only the top-two finishers in a primary, regardless of party affiliation, continue on to the general election. As the Public Policy Institute of California’s Mark Baldassare points out, seven of the eight statewide races in...

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