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The Democratic Strategist

Political Strategy for a Permanent Democratic Majority

Zero For Thirty-One: Lessons From the Loss in Maine By Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

Back in late September, I traveled with two friends to Biddeford, Maine, to volunteer with the “No on 1” campaign, which was working to defeat Question 1, a proposal to strike down a law legalizing same-sex marriage in that state. It rained all day, the kind of weather that oscillates between mist and downpour and that, on a mild day, makes you laugh at its sheer excess. Our task was straightforward: go door to door, ask people how they planned to vote, rate them on a scale of one to five, and move on.

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