The 2020 Senate races in the Deep South included the most Black candidates on the ballot since Reconstruction. None won big, but their competitive campaigns suggest that Black Democrats are viable candidates even in red states.

As voters head to the polls for primary elections Tuesday, rising challenges to the status quo may give a tail wind for Black progressive candidates.

Losing candidates have advantages when it comes to a rematch – from name recognition to donor bases. But many women are reluctant to run again.

Conor Lamb is a Marine, talks tough on crime, and sounds downright Republican on an issue like natural gas fracking — exactly the type of politician Democrats have traditionally turned to when contesting elections in deeply conservative areas. But the Democratic nominee in this right-leaning southwest Pennsylvania House district differs in at least one important way: He supports abortion rights…