One of the most common refrains in politics is that voters hate Washington and want outsiders to be elected to office. Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock’s victory in Georgia’s Senate runoff is part of a trend that suggests that, at least in 2022, that wasn’t true.
Each of the 29 Senate incumbents who ran for reelection this year won. It is the first time in at least a century in which no incumbent senator seeking reelection lost.
So what happened?
I’ll have more on this on Wednesday morning, but to put it simply:
- Bad challenger quality.
- A map without a lot of competitive races taking place in an era of high polarization.
- An unusually tight national environment.