After losing many races in 2016, the party is looking to regain power outside the federal government. But in many ways, it’s not set up to make that change of emphasis.
Selections from The Atlantic’s coverage of 2016, when a lot happened in the world of politics
If the New York governor wants to lead the Democrats in 2020, progressives say he must first unify his party in Donald Trump’s backyard.
After Roy Cooper narrowly won the gubernatorial race, the GOP-led state legislature is using a special session to sharply limit the incoming executive’s authority.
The North Carolina can’t resolve its gubernatorial race until Durham County recounts its votes. But that isn’t as simple a matter as it seems.
How identity politics helped give Democrats one victory in a disastrous election cycle
The president-elect is sowing doubt about the integrity of America’s elections, and may hope to reap a harvest of discriminatory voting laws.
Recounts, lawsuits, challenges—and the prospect of a legislative coup? Here’s why the race between Governor Pat McCrory and Democrat Roy Cooper isn’t over yet.
Democrats got walloped at the very top of the ticket, but what’s happening at the very bottom of the ballot could hurt them for years to come.
White, conservative Christians voted for the Republican candidate by a huge margin, but this election revealed deep fractures among leaders and churches—especially along racial lines.
Politicians are descending on the Keystone State, which will help determine which party wins the Senate—and the White House.
Public support for capital punishment has declined in recent years, but the issue continues to be a point of contention, as some advocate for its repeal and others push for its reinstatement.
Before the 2016 race ends, advocates for automatic registration are already eyeing new efforts in Illinois, Nevada, and elsewhere.
William Faulkner’s provocative question from 1955 echoes loudly in 2016.
Democrats have filed nearly half a dozen lawsuits against the Republican presidential nominee and his party about “ballot security” efforts. It seems the old days of poll watching never ended.
The Archdiocese of Boston gave $850,000 to oppose an upcoming ballot measure—the second largest donation given to the campaign.
This November, voters will weigh a statewide proposition about condoms and worker rights.
The Democratic nominee is pouring resources into a state that has traditionally been carried by Republicans.
The fallout from the storm will further limit access to the ballot in communities where it’s already limited.
As many as five states could approve its recreational use this November, potentially signaling a point of no return for legalized pot.