Liberal candidates cost Democrats votes in key 2020 races, a post-election study suggests
@el henry , you should feel vindicated.Moderate Democratic candidates outperformed their liberal counterparts in key 2020 U.S. House elections, according to a new analysis from a center-left think tank, coming closer to matching President Joe Biden’s performance in swing districts as many progressive favorites lagged much further behind.
Officials from the think tank Third Way who analyzed the data said the findings should serve as a lesson for Democrats that strongly liberal candidates make for weaker nominees in the most important congressional races, and that the best option for the party in the 2022 midterm elections is to closely embrace Biden and his political agenda.
“Republicans were calling a socialist. They were using the same attacks everywhere,” said Matt Bennett, Third Way’s co-founder. “But it stuck in places where it was closer to the truth for some than others.”