what is the difference between the "top 2" primary in CA and WA and the Louisiana "jungle primary"?
In California, Washington, and Louisiana, all candidates appear on the ballot regardless of political affiliation. In California and Washington, the top two candidates advance to the general election. In Louisiana, if a candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, they win the election outright. If no candidate has more than half the vote, the top two face off in a second vote. As all three states sideline political affiliation, they’re all sometimes called a "jungle primary."
Washington was the first ever state to institute a top-two primary system. They initiated this method of selecting political candidates in 2004. Around six years later, in 2010, California, America’s most populous state, embraced the top-two primary system as well.
What does this mean? How does the top-two primary system differ from Louisiana's so-called "jungle primary"? We'll get into all of that.
First, let's define the top-two primary system. This method lets people vote for any...
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