Who’s the Base?
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.
For more details, read our analysis of the electorate in the 2012 Senate battleground states: Democrats Need a Moderate Majority.
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