Payton Hobart Runs for Senate in ‘The Politician’ Season 2 First Look (PHOTOS)

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Make way for a new campaign season as Ben Platt‘s Payton Hobart returns in Netflix’s The Politician.

Season 2 of the Ryan Murphy series arrives Friday, June 19, giving fans plenty to look forward to in the era of quarantine binging. Along with releasing a slew of first look photos featuring the returning star-studded cast, Netflix also unveiled the key art highlighting Payton’s latest venture — running for Senate.

Season 2 will focus on Payton’s efforts to unseat Dede Standish (Judith Light) in the New York State Senate race. As a longtime incumbent and greatly admired Senate Majority Leader with a no-nonsense Chief of Staff, Hadassah Gold (Bette Midler), her re-election is expected to be a breeze, but Payton’s ambitions disrupt everything.

Along the way, Payton will have to decide how to become the politician he aspires to be — and whether that must include exposing secrets, lies, and a throuple. As for Payton’s mother Georgina Hobart (Gwyneth Paltrow), she makes a big decision that could threaten to upstage everything he’s hoping to accomplish.

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If Payton wants to rise above the pettiness that accompanies politics and succeed without being unethical, he’ll have to find his voice and strengthen his political message in order to inspire voters. Will it work or will old behaviors resurface? Only time will tell, don’t miss out by tuning in when The Politician‘s highly-anticipated second season arrives this June on Netflix, and catch a sneak peek below.

The Politician, Season 2 Premiere, Friday, June 19, Netflix

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Infinity Jackson (Zoey Deutch) joins Payton Hobart (Ben Platt) on the political trail

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Payton puts off a presidential air as he takes control of his campaign

The Politician - Season 2 - Judith Light and Bette Midler

Dede Standish (Judith Light) will be Payton’s biggest obstacle — along with her right-hand (wo)man Hadassah Gold (Bette Midler)

The Politician - Season 2 - Judith Light as Dede Standish

Doe Dede have a few tricks up her sleeve?

The Politician, Season 2 - Lucy Boynton & Bette Midler

It looks like Hadassah is turning to Payton’s former classmate Astrid Sloan (Lucy Boynton) for advice

Bette Midler as Hadassah Gold in The Politician - Season 2

It seems Payton will have to outsmart Hadassah his road to the Senate

Julia Schlaepfer as Alice Charles, Ben Platt as Payton Hobart, Laura Dreyfuss as McAfee Westbrook, Theo Germaine as James Sullivan, and Rahne Jones as Skye Leighton in Episode 2 of The Politician

Payton will have the help of his political posse: Alice Charles (Julia Schlaepfer), McAfee Westbrook (Laura Dreyfuss), James Sullivan (Theo Germaine), and Skye Leighton (Rahne Jones)

Gwyneth Paltrow as Georgina Hobart in The Politician - Season 2
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Georgina Hobart (Gwyneth Paltrow) appears to be taking to a stage in Season 2

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Dede embraces her loves

Ben Platt as Payton Hobert and Ryan Haddad as Andrew Cashman in The Politician - Season 2

Payton takes a break int he park with Andrew Cashman (Ryan Haddad)