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Sean Davis argues states should compete to hold the first-in-the-nation primary.
If coffee is for closers, then first-in-the-nation caucuses should be preserved for winners. Thankfully, I have a solution to this problem: instead of operating under a primary handout system, the GOP should require state parties to compete for the top primary calendar spots. That solves the massive incentive problem that currently plagues the party primary system.
…Pick a handful of key metrics that will be used, be transparent about the formula and weights used to calculate results, and then let the winners divvy up the choice calendar spots among themselves.
What performance measures could be used? Perhaps percentage increases in the number of new voters registered, percentage increase in actual turnout, and percentage increases in money raised might be useful. An ability to deliver the state when it matters should count as well (sorry, Iowa, you get low marks on that one). A state’s bubble status—how close was the most recent presidential election—might also be a good factor to consider so you end up with a candidate who can appeal to voters across the political spectrum.
I love the idea of a BCS-like formula to select the first primary state. Here’s my take on the criteria:
- Historical ability to pick the nominee (or perhaps a nominee that wins the general) should be a big factor.
- Rewarding states that increase their registration/turnout numbers incentivizes all the right kinds of behavior.
- Perhaps a large purple state (like say PA) should have more weight than a smaller deep red/blue state
Any other metrics that would be useful?
Another positive aspect of this is it would drive public interest and encourage participation in the party. People would feel invested in the outcome.