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Suggestion for Changes to Primaries

How to insure we don't end up with the weakest candidate again

Okay, we all know Romney managed to win the primary was because we weren’t able to consolidate behind a particular candidate.  The conservative vote was split so many different ways that Romney with the unlimited resources managed to win things by default.  I think something needs to be done in the primaries to help make sure something like that doesn’t happen again.

 

Okay in the advent of having 8 or 9 candidates again I thought of a way we could start taking the splits into account without the worst possible individual being able to slip by.

In the advent of only 2 primary candidates we do this by a vote for either candidate as usual.

If we have 3 or 4 candidates in the primary we cast our vote by favorability.

Most Preferred candidate which one would place a 1 by their name, would get vote value of n where n = the total number of candidates.

2nd choice would get n – 1 vote value where n = total number of candidates.

3rd choice would get either a 1 or 0 vote value depending on whether there were 4 candidates or 3 candidates.

When there are 6 candidates or more we start giving the bottom 2 candidate a 0 vote value in our rating system.

While the one candidate that most people don’t like may pick up a fair total, the vote split wouldn’t allow that candidate to sneak by.

So if someone chose:

Gingrich, Cain, Perry, Romney

Someone else chose

Romney, Gingrich, Cain, Perry

Someone else chose:

Cain, Gingrich, Perry, Romney

and someone else chose

Perry, Cain, Gingrich, Romney

That would mean Gingrich has a vote value of 11, Cain has a vote value of 11, Perry has a vote value of 6, and Romney has a vote value of 4.

Under the old method we would be looking at a 4 way split, but the new way would indicate that this looks more like a neck and neck race between Gingrich and Cain, with Perry trailing, and Romney is dead last.

 

I think this would be a good way for us to narrow the field to the best candidates, rather than let the media just have it so we have the worst candidate get the nomination cause we can’t get behind a good candidate cause we are split so many different ways it’s not funny.

 

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