Democrats Face Risks And Opportunity With Flake’s Exit

Democrats face risks and opportunity with Flake’s exit

The surprise retirement of Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) boosted Democratic optimism about what once seemed unthinkable: winning control of the Senate in 2018.At the same time, Flake’s move emboldened progressives who want the party, locked out of power at every level, to move further to the left — even as the national party plays defense in states won last year by President Trump.
Before Flake’s announcement, Democrats already were investing in Arizona’s 2018 race on the theory that the state’s growing Latino electorate and Trump’s unpopularity would make it competitive. In 2016, Trump won the state with just 48.1  …

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