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Robb Willer, Christianne Corbett, and Jan Voelkel’s research on gender and electability covered in the New York Times

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Elizabeth Warren and the Curse of ‘Electability’

There are many reasons for Warren dropping out. But a key one may have been the near-constant refrains about her “electability.” For the last few days, a meme has been circulating on social media: It features an illustration of Senator Elizabeth Warren, arms outstretched, an American flag behind her. “She’s electable if you vote for her,” it reads, using an expletive.

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