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Catherine Cortez Masto, a Democrat, celebrates her re-election to a U.S. Senate seat representing Nevada in November 2022. AP Photo/Ellen Schmidt

How Democrats won the West

Democrats have ridden the West to presidential electoral success since 1992, reversing their poor performances from the 1950s through the 1980s.
GOP primary voters in 2022 often chose the Trumpiest candidate, even if they had substantial electoral vulnerabilities, as does Arizona Senate candidate Blake Masters, shown here with Donald Trump. Mario Tama/Getty Images

Who’s the most electable candidate? The one you like

Voters trust their gut when they decide who an electable candidate is or isn’t. That may be a bad idea.
An editorial cartoon from 1900 shows the Populist Party swallowing the Democratic Party. J.S. Pughe/Buyenlarge/Getty Images

US third parties can rein in the extremism of the two-party system

The most successful third parties in US politics don’t typically rise to dominance, but instead challenge the major parties enough to force a course correction.

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