The string of defeats suffered by candidates backed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., since 2016 could spell the end of the influence wielded by the progressive and portend bad things for a 2020 presidential run, Politico reports.
Tuesday night’s high-profile losses in Kansas and Michigan were the culmination of a losing streak that started after his failed presidential run in 2016.
The losing skid of Sanders-backed candidates, detailed by Politico:
- Omaha mayoral race in 2017.
- Montana House race in 2017.
- Rep. Tom Perriello in Virginia.
- Pete D’Alessandro and Cathy Glasson in Iowa.
- Peter Jacob and Jim Keady in New Jersey.
- Dennis Kucinich in Ohio.
Then came Tuesday night’s losses in Kansas (Brent Welder) and Michigan (Abdul El-Sayed).
Further, Sanders did not even endorse his new campaign trail sidekick, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in her stunning upset of Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y.
Is it the progressive issues Sanders surfaced in 2016 that are now falling flat across the country, or is Sanders’ star flaming out?
Sanders “raised the bar on the issues,” Michael Ceraso, Sanders’ former state-level director, told Politico. “I don’t know that it’s the Bernie name that matters. But the remnants of the issues that he talked about certainly matter at the local level. People are talking about these issues.”
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