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Reax to the Top 2 ruling

Reaction is trickling in on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the constitutionality of the state's Top Two primary.

Not surprisingly, Secretary of State Sam Reed, a big supporter of the proposal, is pretty happy:

“This is a victory for the voters of Washington because our democracy belongs to them,” he said in a press release.

Gov. Chris Gregoire was also positive:

"Washingtonians are known for their independence, and I applaud today’s ruling allowing them to continue to voice their opinion," she said in a press release.

State Democrats, who had fought the change, were predictably less chipper:

"We are disappointed that the Court appears to have made elections more complicated in Washington State," state Democratic Chairman Dwight Pelz said.

State Republicans were similarly disappointed at being, in state GOP Chairman Luke Esser's words, "back to square one" and held out the prospect of more litigation:

"We will continue to take whatever steps are necessary to defend our constitutionally-protected right of association," Esser said.

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