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Jeff Landry is a complete scumbag, but even hard-right Republicans can realize that jungle primaries are terrible and should be eliminated. Deeper within this article about Louisiana finally acquiescing to a second majority Black district and doing it by gerrymandering out the one Republican congressman who didn’t support Landry is a discussion of the point.

Lawmakers in Baton Rouge also agreed to tighten the state’s raucous “jungle primary” system for federal elections and State Supreme Court races beginning in 2026, though they stopped far short of the statewide overhaul sought by Gov. Jeff Landry, the newly inaugurated Republican governor.

Mr. Landry, who had set the parameters of the special session, also raised the prospect of closing the state’s primaries, which currently allow the top two contenders, regardless of party affiliation, to advance to a runoff if one does not win a majority of the vote. Only the state’s presidential primaries are currently exempt from the system.

“If you choose to join a political party, it certainly is only fair and right that you have the ability to select your party’s candidate for office without the interference of another party,” Mr. Landry told lawmakers, calling the current system “a relic of the past.”

But some questioned why such a change was necessary, considering that Mr. Landry’s own bid for governor in October was so decisive that a runoff was not needed. Others warned that it was an expensive exercise that would consolidate political power with the most hard-line voters in both parties and ostracize the hundreds of thousands of Louisiana voters who are not affiliated with a party.

“The move to a closed primary system could cost more and reduce voter choice,” said the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, a nonpartisan government watchdog organization, in a statement. It added that “it’s hard to understand why legislators would want to support moving away from the system that got them elected.”

I mean, yes. Join a party. Grow up. You have two choices. If you are too dumb to realize the most basic thing about our political system, then no, you should not get to have a choice in the primaries. Save it for the general if it hurts your little feelings to have to join a political party.

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