2010 continues trend of more contested primaries. Does Top Two get credit (or blame if you’re a contested incumbent)
One of the assertions of proponents of the Top Two primary was that it would increase competition. That’s because it would give hope to challengers in districts that are dominated by one party or the other by giving them more chance of reaching the general election.
I’m not sure if it is Top Two or other factors unique to each election, but the number of contested primaries has increased steadily since the state swapped the pick-a-party primary for the Top Two.
In 2006, the last year for pick-a-party in which voters had to ask for one party’s ballot and could …