The lack of interest if the run-off election should tell party leaders loud and clear: don't have them.
Let the simple majority vote winner in the primary advance to the general election.
It may not be perfect to have someone with less than 50 percent of the vote move on to the general election without a runoff, but it seems much worse to have less than 1 out of every 10 registered voters determine who will advance.
We editorialized previously that when Alabama moved its presidential primary, it should have moved the primary for all races.
Perhaps that is the real issue here. Three primaries in six months with the third in the dead of summer wasn't great planning.
If the primary did include all races, one runoff for state races would generate more voter interest.
Either way, a change is clearly needed next time.