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Strongest-State-to-Weakest Rule

James Anthony
November 22, 2018

State caucuses to select candidates for Congress and president shall be scheduled … in order of decreasing party strength. The party strength shall be the average of the party proportions of the vote in the most-recent elections for each House and Senate seat in the state, with each election counted as being of equal weight in the average.

The weighting in the average party strength will equal the weighting in the electoral college. 

Proceeding in the order of decreasing party strength will mean starting the selection process in the state where the party is strongest, and working down from there. This way voters in the states where the party is most successful will determine the early results that are the most influential. This sequence will help select the candidates who are the most able to build successfully on the party’s past successes, and who are the most able to explain their policies to other potential voters. The schedule that’s long and that progresses to states that are increasingly split will give these most-successful candidates more practice refining how they communicate their value proposition in the run-up to the general election. Success breeds success.


Anthony, James. The Constitution Needs a Good Party: Good Government Comes from Good Boundaries. Neuwoehner Press, 2018, pp. 53-4.  preview


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