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Republicans played it safe, Democrats picked fresh faces

Former NFL player Colin Allred is running for Congress as a Democrat in Texas' 32nd district. Photo: Allison V. Smith for The Washington Post via Getty Images

The biggest takeaway from last night's primaries and runoffs in Texas, Georgia, Kentucky, and Arkansas: Republican voters played it safe, while Democrats advanced fresh faces and diverse candidates.

Why it matters: Democrats have a new playbook to consider moving forward in the 2018 midterm elections. These races were all in the Deep South, but left-leaning voters in these reliably red states showed they're ready for change.