An analyst with RealClearPolitics calls Washington’s primary results a favorable sign for Republicans nationally.
Sean Trende says the state’s unusual blanket and top-two primary systems have yielded primary results that tend to predict the general election pretty well.
I looked at the total Democratic vote cast in the primaries, and compared it to the total Democratic vote in the general election. On average, the Democratic candidate improved his or her share of the vote by only 1.5 points from the fall election.
He writes that despite that trend, Patty Murray managed to improve her showing dramatically in 1998. Will she do it again?