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The Hill | Female candidates 2020 and the false narrative of electability

Jun 28, 2019

What matters in any presidential election is who can win the 270 electoral college votes needed to go to the White House. On its face, the electability of a presidential candidate refers to their likelihood of securing those 270 votes. But scratch the surface, and you will find a deeper implication of what it means to be electable.

Electability, in today’s vernacular, is the conveniently nebulous term for pattern-matching. That is, we match the projections of who will win based on who has won.

Throughout U.S. history, electability means white and male. Why? Because there’s a narrative at play: the narrative of electability. Not only is this narrative false, it threatens our economic and democratic stability.

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