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By David Keene
Allowing states to innovate could reduce dependency on bureaucracy
Topic - Laura Brown
Some of the fiercest primary battles this midterm season are on the Republican side — which may be bad news for Democrats.
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Two volcanoes erupted Thursday on Russia's far-eastern Kamchatka Peninsula, tossing massive ash clouds miles (kilometers) into the air, forcing flights to divert and blanketing one town with thick, heavy ash.
"A year out from the election, strategic candidates basically take a look at the national environment and make a determination about whether or not their political party is going to be in good shape in that next election," she said. "Then what happens is strategic candidates from the party that thinks they're going to have a bad election, they don't run, whereas strategic candidates from the party that thinks they're going to have a good election, they do."
The high number of Republican candidates means the party is confident of success in November, Ms. Brown said, while the many Democrats staying out of races suggest a bleak outlook.