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Top Court Approves
in the first segment of Wednesday's show
We're going to be spending most of tomorrow's talking about snitching on unsafe drivers. But news just broke today that Washington's "Top-Two" primary system has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, dramatically changing the way Washingtonians vote and run for office.
Under the Top-Two primary system, all candidates for an office are listed one after another on the primary ballot, with their party listed next to their name. The top two vote-getters in the primary move on to the general election, even if they're in the same political party. (You can read the state's full explanation (pdf) for more.)
The AP is calling the decision "a setback for the Republican and Democratic political parties in the state."
We're going to start tomorrow's show talking with Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed about the decision and the effect it will have on this summer's primary... including, perhaps, Reed's own re-election campaign.
Does this system set a precedent for other states?
How will this change campaign strategy in Washington? Will this embolden or discourage third party candidates?
And how likely is it that Washington's next election results are going to be the subject of a lengthy legal battle once the polls close?
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