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Fix The Primaries represents a bipartisan group of reformers who recognize that our presidential nomination process is breaking down. We believe Congress and the parties should act immediately to create a bipartisan commission to examine far-reaching reform options.

The One Day National Primary

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Often pundits return to the simple solution of holding a nationwide primary on a single day, rather than proceeding state by state.


Though a one day national primary would remove difference between states and force candidates to campaign in more geographically diverse areas prior to the election, it would remove all the advantages associated with a graduated nomination schedule.

Retail politicking that can allow less well funded candidates to get their messages out early and attract attention would all but be wiped out under this system. A national primary would favor the candidates with the largest war chests, and be fought almost exclusively by television and radio advertising. This is, of course, conjecture only at this point, but it cannot be denied that reducing the election to a single flash point aids front runners and big spenders and denies other candidates the process through which to build momentum.

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Fix the Primaries:

Senator Bill Brock
Former US Senator
(R - Tennessee)
Damian Carroll
San Fernando Valley Young Democrats
David Phelps
Executive Board Member
California Democratic Party
Rob Richie
Executive Director
Tom Sansonetti
Former Assistant Attorney General of the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice
Prof. Larry Sabato
Center for Politics
University of Virginia
Tova Wang
Vice President of Research
Common Cause
Professor Marilyn Dudley-Flores
CEO, OPS-Alaska
Sonoma State University
California Democratic State Central Committee
(301) 270-4616
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Suite 610
Takoma Park, MD 20912