Democrats celebrated dual Georgia Senate race victories this week, which gives them, with Vice President Kamala Harris’ tiebreaker vote, a bare majority in the Senate.

But not all Democrats are created equal, and the one-vote margin makes the politics of each individual in that majority more consequential. In 2020, several states witnessed competitive Democratic Senate primary races in which a progressive candidate seriously challenged a candidate further to the right, offering a chance to bring to the Senate more supporters of people-friendly policies like Medicare for All and the Green New Deal. In every case, the Democratic establishment (including super PACs like the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Senate Majority PAC) threw its considerable resources behind the non-progressive—and the nation’s most influential newspapers helped them tip the scales.

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