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A Critical, Crushing Defeat

Stuart Stevens writes, "Because of this troubling history of primary challenges for incumbents, the Biden campaign had no choice but to take seriously the primary challenge of Minnesota Congressman Dean Phillips." So, they did and they crushed him.
Published:February 6, 2024

Sometimes, what doesn’t happen is as important as what does in campaigns. So it has been in the Democratic party.

One of the recurrent factors when an incumbent president loses is a primary challenge. Even though he had no chance to win, Pat Buchanan’s challenge to George Bush in 1992 was a key eleme...

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