Have Democrats stumbled onto a recipe for winning in the South?

Tuesday is runoff day in Georgia — when control of the U.S. Senate will be decided. If Democrats sweep both races, they will have exactly 50 seats, which means Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will get to act as a tiebreaker in the chamber. If Republicans win either race, Mitch McConnell will remain majority leader, and President Biden will find it virtually impossible to pass anything.

Whether Democrats prevail or not, it is remarkable that these races are at all close, and especially that Joe Biden actually won the state in November. Hillary Clinton lost Georgia by five points in 2016, and it had not gone Democratic in a presidential race before that since 1992.


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