It took two tries for progressive challenger Marie Newman to beat the incumbent Democrat, Dan Lipinski, in Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District.
Lipinski was the most reactionary Democrat in the House. He was backed by the DNC.
Newman is an outspoken progressive, advocate for reproductive choice and was a Bernie supporter in a working class Chicago congressional district.
Twice was the charm. Plus, in spite of Bernie Sanders loss to Joe Biden, the 2020 election is becoming the season of the switch.
Progressives are beating Democratic incumbents in primaries and are holding on to seats they already have across the country.
It says something that California’s Karen Bass, who facing an incredible barrage of Red Baiting, remains a top tier candidate as Biden’s VP.
Next year’s House is guaranteed to be more Left than it is now.
While The Squad’s Ilhan Omar has a well-funded challenger in her primary race next week, I predict she will be returned to Washington.
She will be joined by the returning AOC, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
Tlaib won her primary race this week by a 2-1 margin.
Other progressive wins this year include Cori Bush who defeated Representative William Lacy Clay Jr. of Missouri, a 10-term incumbent and member of the Democratic Party Establishment who represented the St. Louis area for more than 50 years.
Jamaal Bowman, a former middle school principal, beat the long serving Congressional Democratic, Eliot Engel, in the Bronx.
So, in spite of the Sanders primary loss to Biden, the Party’s progressive wing has not disappeared.
Just the opposite.
It may not be reflected at the top of the ticket or in the Party platform.
It was sad to see that with the support of national old guard union leaders the Democratic platform committee rejected support for the massively popular Medicare for All.
But with the movement in the streets against racial injustice, a scandalous public health disaster, Trump and the Republicans crashing in the polls and Establishment Democrats being primaried and losing key races, this appears to be a season of the switch.