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Politico: Progressives Winning Control in Democratic Primaries

Politico: Progressives Winning Control in Democratic Primaries
Sen. Bernie Sanders (Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 29 March 2018 09:22 AM EDT

The progressive wing of the Democratic Party has taken over primaries and pushed the party to a more liberal orientation, according to Politico.

Despite only two states — Texas and Illinois — having voted this primary election season, progressives are already taking control in state after state, according to the website.

Citing data by the Brookings Institution's Primaries Project, Politico said the number of self-identified, nonincumbent progressives running in Texas increased when compared with the last two election years.

And it said there were almost four times as many progressive candidates than in 2016.

Progressive candidates outnumbered moderate and establishment candidates by 25-21 in Illinois.

In the case of Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski of Illinois, the congressman had to scramble to defeat Marie Newman, who was backed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

In a column for RealClearPolitics, Lipinski recalled being greeted by a member of the progressive wing upon his return to Washington after the primary.

"Congratulations might be unexpected coming from me, but if they'd taken you out they'd be coming after everybody."

And they are, Politico noted.

Even though progressives aren't winning every race, they are generating enough pressure to push the Democratic Party further left.

But the progressives need to expand the Democrats' control beyond big cities and prove they can win in the suburbs to complete their mission to win back the House in November, Politico noted.

Until then, they are a powerful force trapped within a powerless minority.

Meanwhile ,a report from the Brennan Center for Justice released Monday suggests Democrats might have to temper their enthusiasm about the midterm elections.

To win a majority in the House, Democrats would need an electoral wave not seen in more than 40 years to overcome Republican advantages from gerrymandered districts in key states, the center noted.

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