With state and local elections across the United States on Tuesday, the Democratic Party and progressive grassroots organizers were able to claim victories in key battles—including gubernatorial races, state legislatures, ballot initiatives, and local government—a repudiation of both President Donald Trump and the agenda being driven by Republicans.
What follows is just a snapshot of the assorted headlines and significance of those various victories.
The Democrat joked during a debate that he “spent a career becoming completely unelectable,” having sued his city’s police department dozens of times for civil rights violations—only to beat his Republican opponent by 40 percentage points. Krasner has represented activists with the Occupy movement and Black Lives Matter pro bono, and pledged during his campaign to work to end Philadelphia’s epidemic of mass incarceration.
Based on the city’s unofficial election results, all seven Somerville, Mass. aldermen candidates who were endorsed by Our Revolution—the group spun out of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) 2016 bid for president—won: Ben Ewen-Campen, Jesse Clingan, Will Mbah, Matthew McLaughlin, Mary Jo Rossetti, J.T. Scott, and Bill White. McLaughlin, who last year chaired the Sanders campaign in Somerville, told the Boston Globe that he thought the results reflected residents’ desire for “progressive change,” adding: “Locally this is mandate for change in Somerville and the affordable housing crisis specifically.”
In the state where white supremacists marched chanting, “You will not replace us” three months ago, a black Democrat won by a comfortable margin against a Republican who embraced President Donald Trump’s agenda and declared at a rally, “We are going to take back Virginia the way this president is going to take back this country!” Fairfax’s new role often serves as a stepping stone to a gubernatorial race.
Rebuffing Congressional Republican’s attacks on healthcare, and Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s vetoes of at least five legislative efforts to expand Medicaid in the state, a ballot initiative to provide healthcare to an estimated 70,000 low-income residents of the state passed by nearly 20 percentage points. “Maine has shown the way for the rest of the country,” Jennie Pirkl, the campaign manager for measure told the Bangor Daily News. “Voters have sent a clear message to Augusta, Washington, and the rest of the country that we want more health care, not less.”
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