Democracy prevailed this year thanks to the spectacular efforts and determination of grassroots activists and electoral allies across the country. But it was far too close—and it took all of us. You could feel it, in the calls to landlines, texts to cell phones, even the few door knocks—and the sustained mobilization of tens of thousands who knew this was a fight like no other in American history.
Despite ruthless GOP voter suppression, voters turned out more votes for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris than for any other ticket ever. It’s all the more impressive knowing Biden was far from the first choice of many progressives, who nevertheless understood he was the only choice given the existential threat of a second term for Donald Trump and his corrupt, incompetent, and dangerous administration.
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Progressives defined the 2020 agenda and provided much of the “Get out the vote” organizing that pushed Biden over the finish line. Now we have another chance to depose Mitch McConnell with the January runoffs in Georgia. Once more, progressives will give their all to win both seats and—by taking back the Senate—make sure President Biden has a fighting chance to enact what could and should be the most progressive agenda in history.
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— Katrina vanden Heuvel, Nation Editorial Director and Publisher