5 Takeaways From This Year’s Democratic Primaries

With some important exceptions, the Democratic Party's left wing is rising.

9/23/2020 9:43:00 AM

With some important exceptions, the Democratic Party's left wing is rising.

With some important exceptions, the Democratic Party's left wing is rising.

. David Segal, a former progressive Rhode Island state representative who now runs the advocacy group Demand Progress, estimated that this cycle’s victories bring the total number of progressive pickups in the legislature to 23 seats since 2016, when the Working Families Party’s state chapter was first up and running.

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If you want to bring people into the fold, you’ve got to meet them where they’re at.Leonela Felix, who won her Democratic primary for a Rhode Island House seatHealthy collaboration between groups with varied missions and ideological perspectives was a critical component of the left’s success in Rhode Island. Not all of the winning candidates were endorsed by the same organizations, but the different groups focused on their individual goals, rather than policing the tactics preferred by their counterparts in other corners of the left.

The Rhode Island Political Cooperative functioned as a left-wing candidate recruitment and training center and campaign consultancy. Reclaim Rhode Island and Providence DSA provided the troops necessary to canvass as many blocks as possible in a small state where field work can be a game changer. And the Working Families Party helped candidates craft their strategies and build institutional coalitions with labor unions and other mainstream organizations.

One particularly notable win was Leonela Felix’s victory over Deputy House Majority Leader Raymond Johnston in the blue-collar city of Pawtucket. Felix, a Dominican-American immigration attorney, won in a predominantly white and aging part of the city, thanks to a message that combined traditional progressive ideas like investing in renewable energy jobs and increasing social program spending with an anti-status quo argument. She generally eschewed using controversial slogans like “defund the police” in favor of talking about improving access to health care and other services that might prevent crime.

“If you want to bring people into the fold, you’ve got to meet them where they’re at,” Felix told HuffPost.The next order of business for Rhode Island’s progressive movement is leveraging its new power to thwart moderate Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo’s plans to seek budget savings necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic through spending cuts. Some of the newly elected lawmakers, including Felix, have

Raimondo to raise taxes on the state’s wealthiest residents, rather than cut important services.Erin Clark/Boston Globe/Getty ImagesJake Auchincloss, a former Republican and Marine veteran, is decidedly to the right of Rep. Joe Kennedy III, whom he is due to succeed in the House.

The left missed some opportunities.National coverage of the Democratic primaries in Massachusetts rightly focused on Sen. Ed Markey’sdefeat of Rep. Joe Kennedy III, an important win for the left in a solidly Democratic Senate seat.But in two of the Bay State’s House races, moderate Democrats showed their resilience against the ascendant progressive ecosystem. In Western Massachusetts’ 1st Congressional District, Rep. Richard Neal, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, defeated Alex Morse, the progressive mayor of Holyoke, by

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