Defying national and state-level Democratic establishment forces that have worked to crowd out left-wing candidates and demonstrating that there is a deep hunger among the American electorate for a bold progressive agenda, candidates running on platforms of Medicare for All, free college, and a living wage emerged victorious in several state primaries on Tuesday and tore through the boundaries of what is conventionally considered politically feasible.
“It feels like a monumental shift,” Arielle Cohen, co-chair of Pittsburgh Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), told the Huffington Post after four DSA-backed candidates defeated establishment Democrats in Pennsylvania. “We won on popular demands that were deemed impossible. We won on healthcare for all; we won on free education.”
Running in Pennsylvania’s State House Districts 34 and 21 respectively, Summer Lee and Sara Innamorato — both running on platforms consisting of Medicare for All, strong environmental protection, and campaign finance reform — toppled what local news outlets described as a “political dynasty” by trouncing Democratic cousins Paul Costa and Dom Costa by a wide margin.
“They said it wasn’t possible without institutional support. …read more