AC Brake: From Kentucky to DC

This column intends to examine the sentiments of many Americans from the southern and Midwestern United States, getting up close and personal with the people so that we can take an empathetic dive beyond the numbers. Each article will embody the theme: stop labeling people and get to know them.


Aaron Bennett: FOUR Democratic Superstars to Keep Your Eye on in 2018

Despite ever-changing electoral landscapes, demographics, and headlines, one rule of politics remains constant: good candidates always have good odds.

Just look at Congressman Conor Lamb (D-PA18), whose charisma, centrism, and kitchen-table-issues focus helped him grind out a win in a deep-red district last March. Or underdogs Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley – both of whom successfully primaried popular progressive incumbents by out-hustling their opponents. Or even Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AL), whose loss in the 2010 Republican primary didn’t deter her from launching a write-in bid that ended in her successful reelection and one of the greatest upsets in political history.

The lesson is the same: don’t count out strong candidates facing long odds.

This mini-series – which I’ll write every Monday ahead of Election Day – will profile four superstar candidates to keep your eye on come November 6. Full disclosure: I’m an unabashed Democrat, so I’ll only be highlighting Democrats who are overperforming in tough districts.