Who Ran On November 3rd?
The Demographics of America’s General Election Ballots Are Changing
In advance of the November 3, 2020 election, we ran the numbers on who has won primaries from 2012 to 2020, and found a remarkable shift taking place.
- Across the electoral landscape, political power is shifting away from white men, and towards women and people of color.
- At a pace that dramatically accelerated after 2016, women and people of people are surmounting structural barriers to win primary elections for Congress and state legislatures across the country.
Contrary to conventional wisdom about white men’s superior “electability,” women and people of color win elections at the same rate as their white male counterparts. In fact, across all levels of government, white men are the only demographic whose political power is on the wane. Voters are rejecting the old boys’ club model of politics, and the November 3rd election stands to break new records in victories by leaders who reflect all Americans.