In 2021, cities across the country are selecting mayors to try to lead them through a long list of challenges, both pre-existing and caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, on the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, we started exploring the most iconic of these mayoral contests – the New York City Democratic primary. In this episode, we put this primarily 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 that mean for the party at the national level? And how is a race like the one in New York shaped and shaped by national democratic politics?
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