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NYT: Polis Win in Colorado Evidence of ‘Break From More Moderate Democrats’

The Democratic Party is moving to the left. The Colorado gubernatorial race is one example of that movement.

By NTK Staff | 06.27.2018 @4:15pm
NYT: Polis Win in Colorado Evidence of ‘Break From More Moderate Democrats’

Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) won a four-way Democratic primary for governor on Tuesday night, handily beating opponents Cary Kennedy and Mike Johnston in the race to succeed term-limited Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO).

Polis had won 44.8 percent of the vote as of Wednesday afternoon, with Kennedy (24.7 percent), his closest competitor, 20 points behind.

The New York Times noted on Wednesday that Polis’ win is evidence of the Democratic Party’s larger “break from more moderate Democrats,” a major theme in the Trump era buoyed by Rep. Joe Crowley’s (D-NY) shocking loss to a relatively-unknown progressive challenger on Tuesday.

In Colorado, Mr. Polis, a Boulder-based progressive who spent over $11 million of his own money, is competing for the seat being vacated by Gov. John Hickenlooper, who is term-limited. Mr. Polis’s victory Tuesday illustrated the party’s break from more moderate Democrats such as Mr. Hickenlooper and former Senator Ken Salazar. He defeated Cary Kennedy, a former state treasurer who was hoping to be the state’s first female governor.

NTK Network noted earlier this month that Polis is running on an unabashedly-progressive platform, one that Colorado sources have called out for its separation from reality.

Regardless of how realistic a candidate Polis is or not, it appears that Hickenlooper, the outgoing governor who’s eyeing a run for president in 2020, will get behind the liberal representative soon.

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