Politics Podcast: Celebrity Candidates Are Here To Stay


The idea of the celebrity politician isn’t going away just because former President Trump is out of office. Caitlyn Jenner says she’s in the process of deciding whether to run against Gavin Newsom in California’s gubernatorial recall election this fall. Matthew McConaughey leads incumbent Greg Abott in a hypothetical matchup for Texas governor, according to a recent poll. In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight politics podcast, the crew talks about the appeal of celebrity candidates and what it tells us about our politics.

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