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| Andrew J. Tobias | |

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Former Republican Sen. Rob Portman said Friday that ranked-choice voting and California-style primary election reform are two subjects his new academic center will tackle as it studies how to promote bipartisanship.

Portman said his new Portman Center for Policy Solutions, an academic partnership with the University of Cincinnati, will study whether recent voting reforms, including ranked-choice voting, could help turn down the political temperature in the country.

I think it’s important

“How do you work on ensuring that more people vote in primaries? That’s one of my biggest concerns,” Portman told reporters afterward. “And then, how do you get candidates coming out of the primaries who are more representative of the state as a whole?”

“I think it’s important that we look at it,” Portman said.

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