Thursday, June 28, 2018

Progressives Taking Control of Democratic Party?

Nationally, the contest for the House and in the states in November increasingly appears to be between the progressive wing of the Democratic Party and Trump supporters. It’s somewhat deceptive. Although Bernie Sanders progressives have won some high-profile victories, such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York, Democratic incumbents are mostly going back to Congress and establishment-favored candidates have won the bulk of primaries.

Colorado also had a split result with the most progressive and anti-establishment gubernatorial candidate, Jared Polis, winning his primary, but Diana DeGette (1st CD) is returning to Congress after a progressive challenge and more establishment candidates Joe Neguse (2nd CD), Jason Crow (6th CD), Dave Young (Treasurer) and Phil Weiser (AG) all winning contested primaries.

Will Polis’s progressive image and agenda help Democrats take control of Colorado’s constitutional office and the State Senate or put them on the defensive?

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