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Is Our Primary System Democratic?

Back in the 1970s, we changed how we choose presidential nominees. Those changes supposedly made our primary system more democratic by allowing voters to cast a ballot in a primary or caucus rather than having party leaders pick a candidate. But there is more to a well-functioning democracy than just being able to vote. In this episode of The Primaries Project, we look why our primary system may not reflect the views of the people.

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Anna Rothschild was FiveThirtyEight’s senior producer for video.

Galen Druke is FiveThirtyEight’s podcast producer and reporter.


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