In 2021, cities around the country are choosing mayors to lead them through a long list of challenges, both preexisting and those brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week on the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, we began to explore the most high-profile of those mayoral contests — the New York City Democratic primary. In this installment, we put that primary in context by looking more broadly at the relationship between urban centers and the Democratic Party. Cities have huge concentrations of Democratic voters — but what does that mean for the party nationally? And how will a race like the one in New York shape and be shaped by national Democratic politics?

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