I had some serious concerns going into Illinois’ election day yesterday.
And COVID19 was only one of them.
Pre-election polls had Biden up by twenty points state-wide and aside from my disappointment in those numbers, I worried how this might impact some other races that were very important for the movement of progressive electoral politics.
For example, would a big Biden votes hurt Marie Newman in her second run against the worst Democrat in Congress, Dan Lipinski.
It seems that voters in her south west side and south suburban district could compartmentalize.
They were like voters who across the country have told exit pollsters that they support Medicare for All, but then voted for Biden who opposes it.
It is the electability issue.
In the Democratic primary there seems to be one main issue: Beating Donald Trump and saving the planet from this mad man.
It is a powerful issue.
Right or wrong, Democratic voters now believe it is Joe Biden who can beat Trump.
The job for Biden now is to figure out a way to win over the 40% of the Democratic voters who worked for Sanders and Warren based on their progressive platform.
The votes in the city of Chicago tell a tale.
Biden won working class African American wards like Pullman on the south side with 80% of the vote.
Biden did well and won even in some traditionally progressive wards, like Hyde Park and the University of Chicago, also with large numbers of African American voters.
Sanders did win in white and Latino progressive wards like Logan Square and in largely Latino wards like Little Village.
Unifying this vote and defeating Trump is now the essential task for both Sanders and Biden.
The Good News this morning is that in spite of a billionaire’s challenge, Kim Foxx remains as the Cook County States Attorney and can continue reforming cash bail and overturning false convictions.
In spite of a racist dog whistle campaign, Kim got nearly half the votes.
As I said, in the 3rd Congressional District, a district that runs from Bridgeport, home of Lumpen Radio, all the way to the far south suburbs, voters went with the progressive Marie Newman.
That is a big win and a big deal.
And in other election news, Alderman “Slow” Eddie Burke was defeated in his bid to stay on as 14th Democratic Ward Committeeman, a job that would be difficult to perform in prison.