A Promise Fulfilled? Open Primaries and Representation

  title={A Promise Fulfilled? Open Primaries and Representation},
  author={Karen M. Kaufmann and James G. Gimpel and Adam H. Hoffman},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={457 - 476}
Academics and political practitioners alike have long concerned themselves with the representativeness of primary electorates. Hoping to moderate the ideological extremity of primary voters, state parties have increasingly adopted more open primary eligibility rules. This article explores the extent to which open and modified-open primaries actually attract a more representative electorate than their closed counterparts. Using state-level exit poll data from 1988 through 2000, we compare the… Expand
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