Rural, religious, and shaped by stark racial polarization, Alabama is one of the most Republican states in the country. Its voters haven’t supported a Democrat for president in over 40 years. It hasn’t elected a Democrat to the United States Senate since 1992. It’s been nearly 10 years since a Democrat won any of its statewide offices. Last year, Donald Trump wiped out Hillary Clinton by nearly 28 percentage points. It would take a perfect storm of events for a Democrat to have a shot at winning anything above the district level. And ahead of a special election for Senate, that storm is gathering strength by the day.