Against the Grain

Democrats Learning the Limits of Base-First Politics

A tale of two Senate races: Despite Beto O’Rourke’s historic money haul, Democrats aren’t optimistic he can win in Texas, but in Tennessee, a centrist former governor is putting a surprising race in play.

Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke (second from right) posing for a photo at a restaurant in Falfurrias, Texas, on Jan. 7
AP Photo/Eric Gay