Republicans Stall in Challenging the Election

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A reporter recorded a TV interview near the White House yesterday.


Our friends at The Upshot took a close look at the election results in Georgia and came away with a detailed picture of how Biden flipped the state blue for the first time since 1992.

The analysis shows where Democrats would need to retain newfound supporters — and where they could stand to rally their base more effectively — as they look to flip two Senate seats in runoff elections scheduled for January.

Biden made big gains among affluent, college-educated and older voters in the suburbs around Atlanta, according to an analysis of the precinct-level results. And while he won overwhelmingly among Black voters, turnout was low relative to other racial and ethnic groups, based on an analysis of turnout data from the Georgia secretary of state.

The Black share of the electorate dropped to its lowest level since 2006, down to 27 percent after falling to 27.7 percent in 2016.

As Nate Cohn, Matthew Conlen and Charlie Smart report, the results suggest that Democrats haven’t necessarily built a new progressive majority between white liberals and nonwhite voters, as some had hoped. Biden’s victory depended on a surging anti-Trump vote in traditionally moderate and conservative suburbs.

If Democrats can increase the Black share of the electorate in the Senate runoffs while holding onto those suburban Biden converts, they could potentially improve on his 49.5 percent support in the presidential election.

Georgia is one of only a few states that ask voters to state their race when registering to vote, providing an unusually precise account of the racial composition of the electorate.


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