Primary season gets into full swing today with elections in North Carolina, Ohio and Indiana. When voters in those states go to the polls, they will participate in a voting tradition that has been extremely favorable to Congressional incumbents in recent years, despite the growing unpopularity of those same representatives. The numbers are staggering. U.S. Congressional incumbents are just as likely to die in office as lose a primary election.
In the latest Engaging Democracy podcast, Eric O’Keefe explains why it doesn’t have to be this way, and why primaries, not general elections, offer voters the best opportunity to throw out unpopular and unrepresentative incumbents from either party.