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  Hatred of 'Top Two' primary unites Republican and Democratic parties
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Last EditedRalphie  Jul 04, 2005 10:56am
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MediaNewspaper - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
News DateMonday, July 4, 2005 04:50:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionMultiple-choice quiz: Who is the official Republican Party nominee for the King County Council from the newly redistricted 9th District?

A. Councilman Steve Hammond of Enumclaw.

B. Both Hammond and Councilman Reagan Dunn of Bellevue.

C. Nobody.

The correct answer is A. Or quite possibly B. Or it could very well be C.

There's a similar multiplicity of potential answers to the question of who the Democratic nominee is in the county's new 1st District.

It's either Councilman Bob Ferguson of Seattle, or else it's nobody. It isn't Councilwoman Carolyn Edmonds of Shoreline, although she could yet become the nominee. It's also possible that both Ferguson and Edmonds, and no Republican, could end up on the November ballot.

When Washington voters adopted Initiative 872 and its "Top Two" primary election system last year, Republican and Democratic leaders worried that it would weaken the parties' role in the election process.

It already seems to be doing that, and what the parties did in response has added a big dose of confusion.
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