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Everyone Hates the Way American Primaries Work. Can France or Hollywood Help Fix Them?

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In 1912, former President Teddy Roosevelt came out of retirement to seek the Republican nomination for a third term. But rather than supporting the standard way of selecting a candidate at the time—allowing party bosses to pick one—he demanded a different approach. “Let the people rule,” he thundered, inspiring the very first presidential primary elections. A half-century later, in 1968, after Hubert Humphrey was nominated by the Democrats even though he didn’t win any primaries, our current system of primaries and caucuses took shape as another step forward in democratization.

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