It’s Hard To Win A Senate Race When You’ve Never Won An Election Before

Posted on AllSides August 7th, 2022
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ILLUSTRATION BY EMILY SCHERER
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Politics doesn’t have a farm system in the way that professional baseball does. But it has a hierarchy of its own for cultivating political prospects. The path usually goes something like this: First, a candidate wins some relatively minor, local office like city council or state representative. Then, they either win a seat in the U.S. House or a statewide office like attorney general. Only then do they run for U.S. Senate or governor.

Most of the Democrats running in competitive Senate and gubernatorial races have followed a version of...

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