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Roll Call: “Democratic primary voters haven’t kept up with party’s lurch to the left”

by Caitlin Peartree

In today’s Roll Call, the Winston Group’s David Winston takes a look at some of the key takeaways from Super Tuesday and what they might mean for the Democratic primaries going forward.

The exit polls in the Super Tuesday and South Carolina contests paint a clear picture of Joe Biden’s winning strategy: He appealed to voters who saw themselves as somewhat liberal, winning that group in 10 of the 13 contests in which there were exit polls.

Read the full piece here.

Roll Call: “Biden beat the odds in South Carolina. His party and pundits can learn from his win”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about Joe Biden’s recent win in South Carolina and its implications going into Super Tuesday.

South Carolina was the first big inflection point of the primary season. It won’t be the last. Each of the top campaigns went into Super Tuesday with an advantage. For Mike Bloomberg, it was money. For Sanders, it was organization. For Biden, it was momentum.

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Roll Call: “Will Democrats end up with a platform or a plank?”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about the divisions within the Democratic party and 2020:

If the primaries have shown us anything to date it is that the ideological divide within the Democratic Party, embodied by Pelosi’s strained relationship with AOC, is far from a temporary fluke. The party’s shift to the left is real and should not be underestimated.

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Roll Call: “Democrats remain in denial over the Trump economy”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about the economy and the Democratic Presidential Primary:

“By the time this column is published, New Hampshire will be over. But regardless of who wins the Granite State, or the nomination for that matter, every Democratic candidate has already embraced and is now saddled with an economic message that contradicts the general view of a majority of the electorate.”

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Roll Call: “Adam Schiff throws the ballot box under the bus”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about how, through impeachment, Democrats risk undermining voters’ faith in American democracy.

Critics who question the validity of an election without proof ought first to consider the harm an unsubstantiated claim might have on our democratic elections and the faith Americans have placed in them for almost 250 years. This is something both Democrats and Republicans have warned about in the past.

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Roll Call: “When it comes to Trump’s future, ‘the people’ would rather do it themselves”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about whether Democrats have succeeded in convincing voters of the necessity of impeachment:

These numbers don’t mean the electorate’s concerns over the impeachment allegations have disappeared. But with the election just over nine months away, Democrats’ argument for it is steadily losing standing with voters at exactly the wrong time for them.

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Roll Call: “Pelosi’s poor choices helped sink her impeachment gambit”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about some of the positives of the last month, despite the impeachment process in the background.

In fact, in contrast to the Democrats’ overwrought warnings, the world continued to turn, the sun came up every morning, and more than a few positives have characterized the last 28 days.

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Roll Call: “Reflexive anti-Trumpism, AOC’s shrink-the-ten-strategy will cost Democrats in November”

by Caitlin Peartree

Happy New Year! In his first column of 2020, the Winston Group’s David Winston writes about the Democratic Party’s progressive tilt and the need for both Democrats and Republicans to focus on building majority coalitions for the next elections:

Here’s what AOC and her like-minded progressives don’t seem to understand: That kind of rigid thinking doesn’t build winning coalitions. It’s what loses elections. A fact Republicans ought to remember as well.

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Roll Call: “Yes Virginia, there is hope for the country”

by Caitlin Peartree

In his last column for Roll Call this year, the Winston Group’s David Winston looks back on two events from the past year that indicate that there is hope for political unity, despite the partisan tone that and division that have marked the past year.

But as we wind down what admittedly has been an ugly political year, we should not accept the premise that next year will be worse. For those who doubt progress can be made despite impeachment and a presidential election or that there are leaders who can at least begin to mend the rift dividing the American people, I will tell you why I think it is possible.

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Roll Call: “Elizabeth Warren’s big bad idea: Taxing our way to prosperity”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about the economic plans of Democratic primary candidates such as Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders:

Despite the fact that the country is benefiting from one of the strongest economies in history, these progressives are peddling unproven economic theories without any credible economic modeling to support their claims or an ability to cite a successful implementation of this kind of redistributive economic policy.

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