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Democracy & Voting Rights

Why voters of color were decisive for Biden despite Democrats’ missteps

The Democrats’ strategy ignores important lessons from recent political history, said Sonja Diaz, who directs the University of California, Los Angeles, Latino Policy & Politics Initiative. 

“The 2020 Democratic primary showed both political parties and all future candidates the  playbook to win,” Diaz said, pointing to the campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders, which  emphasized meeting voters where they are through an issues-based platform built around  substantive rather than descriptive representation.