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Politics Podcast: Why Did Down-Ballot Democrats Have Such A Mediocre Showing?

Biden’s 2020 electoral map was ultimately a pretty good one for Democrats. While several states may have been decided by smaller margins than Democrats would have liked, Biden won back the “blue wall” states in the Upper Midwest and expanded Democrats’ map in the Sun Belt. He also won a record-breaking 80 million votes nationally. Democrats further down the ballot didn’t fare quite as well, though. In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew discusses the challenges the party faced in House, Senate and state legislature races. They also ask whether it was a good use of polling to survey preferences for the 2024 Republican primary before Trump has even left the White House.

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Galen Druke is FiveThirtyEight’s podcast producer and reporter.

Perry Bacon Jr. is a senior writer for FiveThirtyEight.

Clare Malone is a senior political writer for FiveThirtyEight.

Nate Silver is the founder and editor in chief of FiveThirtyEight.

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