Our national system of selecting leaders was meant to allow voters to choose candidates with the best ideas — ones who represent the values of their constituents. Sadly, I don’t think that’s how most Americans would describe today’s process.
Politicians with wealth or well-off friends dominate offices. Incumbency and campaign cash are the most likely factors to predict election outcomes. But incumbents didn’t start out that way; they had to be elected at least once without that advantage. So that leaves the other key factor: money.
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