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Sherrod Brown could have the winning strategy

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Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is a progressive’s progressive. That’s why his decision not to endorse two key progressive proposals — the Green New Deal and Medicare-for-all — is turning heads. That choice nonetheless probably greatly helps him if, as rumored, he enters the presidential race.

Brown’s calling card has been his ability to win statewide elections in Ohio. That blue-collar state turned sharply toward President Trump in 2016 and surprised many observers by electing Republican Mike DeWine as governor in 2018 even though he trailed in every public poll in October. Brown nonetheless carried the Buckeye State for a third time, leading some Democrats to think he could be the person to win back the old “Blue Wall” that Trump shattered.

Brown’s longtime advocacy of progressive principles made many pundits think he would try to compete with other aspiring nominees to curry favor with the party’s energized left. Indeed, all of the other senators who have announced or might still run have signed on as a Green New Deal co-sponsor. They seem to be following the classic presidential strategy:........

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