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mtyoung

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neil

Subj: Re: US Primary Elections
Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2008 at 01:29:00 am EST
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Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2008 at 01:06:51 am EST

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> They would also have to spend alot more money in this system too. Right now, a smaller candidate can spend money in the first primary states, not win any states, and then quit.

So you're saying that, as it exists, you don't have to spend much money to lose. But what about those who might actually win? In a one-day vote, they'd save a substantial amount of money, wouldn't they? And doesn't the prolonged voting process hurt the chances of legitimate candidates without massive war-chests?

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> > They would also have to spend alot more money in this system too. Right now, a smaller candidate can spend money in the first primary states, not win any states, and then quit.
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> So you're saying that, as it exists, you don't have to spend much money to lose. But what about those who might actually win?

Yeah. The longer you are in the race, the more money you spend. Those who aren't in the race long and therefore lose, don't spend as much money as those who stay in later and then drop out.

I would think that those who win are the ones who raise alot of money.

>In a one-day vote, they'd save a substantial amount of money, wouldn't they?

They wouldn't save money. They would still spend the same amount on commercials, flights, etc. They would just spend that money in a shorter amount of time.

>And doesn't the prolonged voting process hurt the chances of legitimate candidates without massive war-chests?

I don't know what you mean by legitimate, but yes the prolonged primary process hurts those who don't raise money. As a candidate, you have to constantly raise money. And the "best" candidate won't win if he can't raise money. But changing to a one day primary doesn't change that, cause they will still have to raise money.



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