Election Night The Top-Two Primaries Ruined EVERYTHING!
posted by August 19 at 20:10 PMon
“People were calling me today asking where the big parties were at,” says James Bush, legislative aide to King County Councilmember Dow Constantine. “The big parties are ‘at’ November.”
Bush was enjoying a beer as the Kids for Gregoire Party at Spitfire slowly dissolved.
The top-two primary has ruined primary night parties, Bush asserts (and the SECB strongly suspected as it prepared to head out tonight), since very little is actually be decided on primary night anymore. Maybe a judicial race or two, but otherwise… pffft.
Back before the top-two primaries ruined everything, lots of local Dem races wrapped on primary night. The winner of the Dem primary in King County would face some sacrificial Republican in Novemberóthe indignity of it allóbut the election was essentially over. Now, with the top-two primary, two Dems will move on to face each other in November. Theoretically it should make for a more exciting night in November… because, hey, we’ll find out who won in all these local Dem vs. Dem races in addition to state-wide and national races. But is anyone really going to care about the outcome of the White/Pollet race in the 46th when were waiting for results of the Obama/McCain and Burner/Reichert races? Anyone besides White and Pollet?