Democrats stuck in a "congressional rut"

TIME's Phil Elliott cover story on Democrats: "[E]ight months into the Trump presidency, the party looks to face its toughest odds since Ronald Reagan won 49 states in 1984."

Big picture: "The Democrats are in their deepest congressional rut since the class of 1946 was elected, and hold the fewest governors' mansions — 15 — since 1922."

  • "Of the 98 partisan legislatures in the U.S., Republicans control 67. During Barack Obama's presidency, Democrats lost 970 seats in state legislatures."
  • "The median age of their congressional leadership is 67, and many of the obvious early presidential front runners will be in their 70s by the 2020 election."
  • On the need to focus on the heartland: "28% of House Democrats hail from states that don't touch the Atlantic or Pacific oceans, down from 37% in 2007."
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