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June 30, 2014 4:29 PM

Dave Helling: Opening primary elections may make for better candidates, better government

As illustrated by Sen. Thad Cochran’s victory over tea party challenger Chris McDaniel in Mississippi, primary elections are strange institutions that need a closer look. Restricting primaries so only party members can vote has some appeal, but if the parties want to do that, they should pay for the election.

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