In 2021, cities across the country are choosing mayors to try to guide them through a long list of challenges, both pre-existing and brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, on the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, we started exploring the most prestigious of these mayoral contests – the New York Democratic Primary. In this article, we put that primary in context by looking more broadly at the relationship between urban centers and the Democratic Party. Cities have huge concentrations of Democratic voters – but what does this mean for the party nationwide? And how will a race like New York’s be shaped and shaped by national Democratic politics?
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