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The Economist
8 mins | May 13, 2020

A Democratic defeat in victory

Lexington: if Joe Biden’s party cannot wrest power from the Republicans now, when ever will it? "Mr Biden is on course to win the election by more than 5m votes, but the presidency by less than 100,000 across a handful of increasingly conservative states. Wisconsin — the indispensable last component in his electoral-college majority, which he won by a whisker — is more than three points more Republican than the country at large. That is a measure of Mr Biden’s achievement; it may also suggest how unrealistic it was for Democrats to have counted on adding Senate seats in even more conservative states." The Economist contemplates.

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