Supporters of Choke Point Primary rules, often called “Top Two” because they only let two people through to the general election, use several lies to promote the rule. They try to hide them behind the banner of open primaries, like a good piece of legislation with hidden earmarks attached, and by using the idea that Top Two is supposed to make it so incumbants don’t get elected as much, which has been proven to not be the case by looking at years of results.
The most recent example of a debunked talking point is the example of Jean Berkey, a moderate democrat who was ousted in her primary by a lefty democrat. Top Two talking points would tell you that these Choke Point Primary rules are supposed to help moderates win out, but that hasn’t been shown either. Repeating it over and over doesn’t make it so, yet they continue.
From Ballot Access News:
Harper’s supporters exploited the Washington state “top-two” system to defeat Berkey. The trial lawyers association, the state labor council, and the Washington State Federation of State Employees, all contributed heavily to the primary campaign of Republican Rod Rieger. These groups did not support Rieger; they were gaming the system, and it worked. The primary results were: incumbent Berkey 6,591 votes; Harper 7,193 votes; Rieger 6,713 votes. Because Berkey did not place first or second, she was eliminated from the general election. At the general election, Harper easily defeated Rieger, 22,089 to 14,892.
California newspapers, most of whom supported the top-two ballot question in June 2010, repeatedly asserted that a top-two system eliminates “extremists” and empowers “centrists.” But, in this Washington state example, the opposite happened.
It is unusual for the talking points for a particular bit of legislation to be entirely devoid of any reasoning with logic to it. Usually politicians find at least a couple supporting ideas that make sense, and I’m sure there are some that supporters of Top Two could use… but the ones used by groups like CAIVN and IndependentVoting.org are utter garbage. Top Two “Choke Point” Primary rules need to be stopped from spreading, and overturned in California, Washington and Louisiana, before it continues make it even easier for incumbents and major party candidates to keep independents and moderates from having the representation we deserve as much as they do.
This is just one more example where they have zero evidence for their talking point, and growing evidence that its a complete fabrication.