2016 Might Look Safe to Democrats. But 2024?

Republicans dominate the "farm teams" of local elections.

Democrats can't expect a candidate with his resume.

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American political punditry is currently divided between Democrats who are bullish on their party's future because they think they have a demographic lock on the presidency, and Republicans who are bullish on their party's future because they think they have a geographical lock on the House of Representatives and many state legislatures. (At least one side is right.) But two recent articles, one by Sean Trende and David Byler and the other by Robert Draper, should give pause to the Democrats, because they suggest that even if Democrats are on course to continue winning the presidency, those same forces may be gutting their farm team.

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