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The non-partisan primary proposal

1. Candidates run in a single primary race, candidates of all parties run against each other.
2. Top five vote-getters regardless of party run in general election.
3. Voters in each state rank their top two choices.
4. Only #1 rank votes are counted.
5. Candidate who gets >50% of #1 rank votes wins that state's electoral votes.
6. If no one wins in the first round, the lowest vote candidate is dropped out and the second choice of the supporters of that candidate gets added to the remaining candidates' #1 totals.
7. This continues until a candidate gets a majority of the #1 vote.

This emphasizes building a broad coalition over rabid partisanship.

The reason why this could happen is that the folks funding the current political system, the business community, are tiring of partisan political gridlock and warming up to the idea of weakening the two party system. There is already precedent in certain elections in California and Nebraska, where it seems to be popular.
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