[Rushtalk] Four socialist-backed candidates win Pennsylvania legislative primaries

Carl Spitzer {C Juno} cwsiv at juno.com
Mon May 28 12:03:07 MDT 2018

Four socialist-backed candidates win Pennsylvania legislative primaries
By Avery Anapol - 05/16/18 07:29 AM EDT 5 



Four Democratic candidates backed by the Democratic Socialists of
America (DSA) won primary elections for legislative seats in
Pennsylvania on Tuesday.

In the Pittsburgh area, Summer Lee and Sara Innamorato, Democrats who
are both members of the DSA, won primaries for state House Districts 34
and 21.

Lee and Innamorato defeated state Reps. Paul Costa and Dom Costa, both
Democrats. They do not have Republican opponents in the general

Costa congratulated Lee on her victory, telling the Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette that her campaign had done a better job getting people out
to vote."

"They energized a lot of people, and they showed up at the polls,” he
told the outlet.

In Philadelphia, Democrats Elizabeth Fiedler and Kristin Seale won
legislative primaries for House Districts 184 and 168. Fielder does not
have a GOP opponent in the general election, while Seale will take on
Rep. Christopher Quinn.

It was a great night for female candidates in the Keystone State in
general, as all four women unseated male state representatives.
Pennsylvania has an all-male delegation to the U.S. Congress, but
several women won primaries for the House on Tuesday night and will be
favorites in November.

The DSA hailed the legislative victories as a huge moment for the
socialist movement. 

Arielle Cohen, co-chair of the Pittsburgh DSA chapter, told HuffPost
that she feels a "monumental shift" after the victories, noting DSA’s
growing membership since President TrumpDonald John TrumpNYPD has
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"We won on popular demands that were deemed impossible. We won on health
care for all, we won on free education,” she said.

“We’re turning the state the right shade of red tonight,” she added.


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