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Changing the primary system will be difficult. But the parties should try it.
Dispensing with smoke-filled rooms and party bosses in favour of open primaries certainly sounds more democratic. But, both in the US and other democracies, there are unintended consequences.
US politicians spend more time on the campaign trail than in any comparable nation, and open primaries are a big reason why. But it hasn’t always been like this.
Even a revived Bernie Sanders and former vice president Joe Biden look to be playing catchup.
The Hawaii congresswoman is running a maverick campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Trump’s attempted attack on Biden in Ukraine may have backfired, but Warren’s surefooted campaign has kept her steadily moving up through the pack.
Iowa’s primary importance has long been outsized. New Statesman America takes the temperature on the ground.
If nothing else, the third Democratic presidential primary debate showed just how far Democrats’ consensus has shifted.
There are answers to the looming and catastrophic climate crisis – but only if we ask the right questions.
O’Rourke’s performance played into an ascendant narrative that there’s little substance beneath his charisma.
Female presidential candidates are pushing issues such as reproductive rights, maternal mortality, parental leave and childcare to the front of the political agenda.