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