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The Democrats' Pipeline Problem

The party's increasing reliance on younger and non-white voters is at odds with those who represent them.
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For a party banking on America’s future, Democrats have grown top-heavy with leaders rooted in its past.

When Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California announced this week she would seek reelection next year for a term that would extend past her 91st birthday, she underscored the generational logjam within the highest echelons of the Democratic Party. Though the party now increasingly relies on younger and non-white voters, its post-Barack Obama leadership—both in Congress and the top tier of possible 2020 presidential contenders—is almost entirely older and white.

The instability of this dynamic

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