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Tabitha Isner’s campaign office in Dothan, Ala., is a modest one-story bungalow next to a dog-grooming shop, just across the street from the Shade Tree Mobile Homes Court. When I visited this summer, on a rainy afternoon, the living room was furnished with cheap folding tables and decorated with white boards, homemade posters and a huge Alabama flag. An Instagram-friendly letter-board sign reading GO THE EXTRA MILE was propped on the mantel over a boarded-up fireplace. The candidate herself was getting ready for an event across town, loading up her hybrid hatchback with stacks of fliers and yard signs.

Struggling to Bring the ‘Blue Wave’ to Deep-Red Alabama

Tabitha Isner has been trying to make a nearly impossible sales pitch to voters — and to the national donor class.


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