Social Policy & Politics Program | Memo

The Deciders: Moderates in 2010

by Anne Kim and Jonathan Cowan

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This memo makes plain how moderates remain the king-makers of American politics. In fact, our research shows that in many of the most hotly contested Senate and state-wide House races, candidates who simply match President Obama’s historic 2008 performance still won’t have the votes to win.

In these races, the surge that Democrats really need is not among liberal voters—but among moderates.

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