By Teresa Welsh |
As the race to the GOP presidential nomination drags on with no end in sight, some activists have called for the electoral process to be changed to a national primary system, in which the entire country would vote for a party nominee on a single day. This demand is not new—some 125 national primary bills have been put in front of Congress since Rep. Richard Hobson first introduced the measure in 1911.
Proponents of a national primary argue that the current staggered system of primaries and caucuses give the early states—Iowa, New Hampshire, and others—overwhelming importance and influence while the later states are all but ignored. However, opponents argue that creation of a national primary would create more problems than it would solve.
Is a national primary a good idea? Here is the Debate Club's take:
Terry Shumaker Former United States Ambassador and Democratic National Committee Member