Who's the Base? Moderates Dominate Winning Democratic Senate Coalitions

Both parties often talk about mobilizing their “base.” But when it comes to winning Senate races, Democrats must recognize that the base of their vote is actually moderates, not liberals. In every Senate battleground in 2006, more moderates than liberals voted for the Democratic candidate. And in each, moderate voters made up at least 50% of the Democratic Senate vote— dwarfing the number of liberal voters in every single race.


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