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Mutiny on the Left: So-Called Progressives Challenging Incumbent Dems

Democrats were hoping to win the House in 2018, but a bloodbath in the primaries could throw that plan into peril.

By NTK Staff | 02.12.2018 @12:30pm
Mutiny on the Left: So-Called Progressives Challenging Incumbent Dems

President Trump’s insurgent campaign and subsequent administration has sparked a political conversation in this country unlike anything we’ve seen in recent years.

But it’s also launched a wave of Democrats seeking political office. A report from Politico indicates that these Democrats are not just challenging Republican-held seats in 2018, but incumbent Democrats are vulnerable, too.

Progressive insurgents are launching challenges to Democratic members of Congress in some of the country’s bluest districts, sparked by deep frustration with the party establishment and anti-Trump anger.

Most of the challengers are longshots at the moment. But some are putting a scare into entrenched incumbents, thanks to their muscular fundraising and a message of liberal disaffection on issues ranging from Wall Street to criminal justice reform to single payer health care.

Six veteran incumbents already face energetic primary challenges from younger candidates in New York and Massachusetts. In Illinois, two Chicago-based members are being targeted from the left.

Below is a list of the notable progressive challengers seeking to unseat incumbent Democrats:

Adem Bunkeddeko challenging Rep. Yvette Clark (NY-09)

Suraj Patel challenging Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-12)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez challenging Rep. Joe Crowley (NY-14)

Marie Newman challenging Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-03)

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud challenging Rep. Richard Neal (MA-01)

Ayanna Pressley challenging Rep. Michael Capuano (MA-07)

Brianna Wu challenging Rep. Stephen Lynch (MA-08)

These progressives are challenging Democrats in what are considered to be mostly deep blue seats. As a result, these primary battles are more a fight for the heart and soul of the Democratic Party than anything else.

“What this is about is that if we reelect the same Democratic Party that we had going into this mess, then we’re going to have the same exact result,” Ocasio-Cortez told Politico. “In order for the country to move forward, the Democratic Party has to transform.”

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