Pennsylvania voted on Tuesday to decide who will face off in the November general election. In the state that went to Trump in 2016, socialists had a great day.
Two Democratic Socialists of America members won the nominations for their respective state house districts as Democrats. Sara Innamorato and Summer Lee beat back their incumbent opponents, Dom and Paul Costa, who are cousins.
The two Costa’s have both spent many years in the Pennsyvania State House, with Dom being election in 2009, and Paul being election ten years prior in 1999. This upset shows the increased support for socialist policies in the Democratic party.
Both of the defeated candidates had concerns months earlier of their opponents being able to pull off a win. Dom Costa made waves over his strategy of courting Republican voters to his campaign. This strategy was clearly a desperate attempt to bring in more moderate Republicans to help him overcome the increasingly far-left views of modern Democrats. His strategy didn’t seem to work, but his cousin Paul ran a more traditional Democrat campaign and still lost, so who knows.
The popularity of socialist ideas among Democrats can be tied to the Presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders, who publicly called himself a Democratic Socialist. Sanders likely would have won the Democratic nomination if it weren’t for high-level party officials like Debbie Wasserman Schultz working against his campaign.
But socialists weren’t the only group that brought home wins in Pennsylvania. Trump supporters saw a victory in the nomination of pro-Trump diehard Lou Barletta to face Democrat Senator Bob Casey in November. Barletta looks to have a great chance facing his Democrat opponent in a state that Trump won in 2016.
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Georgia Gubernatorial Candidate Insults Voters: ‘This Primary About Who Can Be The Craziest’
A candidate for governor in Georgia was caught on tape insulting voters this week, adding to mounting difficulties for his campaign.
“This primary felt like it was [about] who had the biggest gun, who had the biggest truck, and who could be the craziest,” said Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle on a recorded tape.
The recording was released by Cagle’s primary opponent, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp.
In a recording from the same conversation last month, Cagle could be heard pushing legislation he did not favor in order to deprive another political candidate of “millions of dollars of support.”
“They wanted that $100 million Student Scholarship Organizations,” Cagle said in the recording. “And, you know, I was the only guy standing in the way. Is it bad public policy? Between you and me, it is. I can tell you how it is a thousand different ways.”
President Donald J. Trump endorsed Cagle’s opponent Wednesday, adding to his problems.
“Brian Kemp is running for Governor of the great state of Georgia,” he said. “The Primary is on Tuesday. Brian is tough on crime, strong on the border and illegal immigration. He loves our Military and our Vets and protects our Second Amendment. I give him my full and total endorsement.”
Brian Kemp is running for Governor of the great state of Georgia. The Primary is on Tuesday. Brian is tough on crime, strong on the border and illegal immigration. He loves our Military and our Vets and protects our Second Amendment. I give him my full and total endorsement.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2018
The primary run-off is July 24.
Cagle’s office did not return a request for comment in time for publication.
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