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Though primary elections may seem integral to the U.S. political system, they are actually a relatively new phenomenon. In fact, they’re not even mentioned in our Constitution. Many see primary elections as a principal culprit of what they consider an undermined democracy, fueling extremism, hindering compromise, and lending too much power to partisans. Others argue that primaries are an important bulwark against political corruption and a hedge against elitism. In this context, we debate the question: Are Primary Elections Ruining Democracy?
Length: 1 Hour