Justin Haskins: Democratic Socialists Get Stronger and Weaken Dems with Losses in Swing Districts

Radical progressives and Democratic Party Socialists gained more seats than ever before in Congress and state legislatures in the November 3 elections, but their growing power has weakened the party, making Democrats less competitive in swing districts.

As a result, while Democrat candidates performed well in credibly left-wing districts, Republicans gained a place in the U.S. House and state legislatures by defeating Democrats in swing districts. It seems that as the Democratic Party moves to the left, more and more voters feel lagging behind and cast their vote for Republicans.

The big title of the election is, of course, the apparent victory of former Vice President Joe Biden over President Trump. But it is important to keep in mind that voters considered Biden to be the most moderate Democrat in the race for his party’s presidential candidacy.


If Democrats are seen as Lenin’s party, they are likely to lose more space from Republicans in the upcoming election than Lincoln’s party.

My colleagues and I recently published a study for StoppingSocialism.com and The Heartland Institute that looked at how far-left candidates performed in this month’s election.

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We identified 266 progressive or socialist candidates in the U.S. Senate, U.S. House, or state legislature in 29 states and Washington DC. We found that socialist or progressive candidates won the vast majority of their competitions – more than 90 percent.

The most significant results were achieved at the level of state legislation, where we found that socialist or progressive candidates lost nearly eight of the nearly 200 competitions.

The far-left Democrats also increased their presence in the U.S. House and won 48 of the 60 races they competed in. It seems that as the Democratic Party moves to the left, more and more voters feel lagging behind and vote for Republicans.

It seems that as the Democratic Party moves to the left, more and more voters feel lagging behind and cast their vote for Republicans.

These victories marked a significant improvement over previous elections. As an almost identical analysis of the election results showed that our team graduated in 2018, only about 40 percent of the socialist or advanced candidates won their competition. The far-left groups we followed supported only 80 legislative candidates at the state and federal levels in 2018, up from 260 this year.

Far-left candidates also won their tournaments with a much bigger difference this month. The average far-left candidate we follow, without undisputed races, won by more than 20 percentage points in 2020. In 2018, the candidates we followed only won by an average of about 2 percentage points.

This puts far-left progressive and socialist Democrats in a position to play an increasing role within the party and in government in 2021 and beyond.

The formation of the Democratic Party and its socialist wings have been locked into battle, who deserves to be blamed for their frustrating election day this month.

After months of predicting a “blue-wave” election in which leftists hoped Democrats could rule the U.S. Senate, expand their majority in the House, and occupy the country’s legislatures across the country, the party failed in all three respects.

Republicans have already won 50 seats in the U.S. Senate, which means they need to win only one of two runoff elections scheduled for January 5 in Georgia in order to retain chamber control and block the Democrats ’most radical proposals. like the packaging of the Green New Deal and the Supreme Court.

Republicans gained more seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, and in doing so were in an excellent position to recapture the House in 2022.

Republicans have also won eight of 11 governoral elections, including in states where President Trump has lost at a large loss, such as New Hampshire and Vermont.

And Republicans have managed to retain control of the vast majority of state legislatures, an important development because in many states, the legislature is responsible for electing congressional districts for future elections.

More centric members of the Democratic Party, including some in the leadership, argued that the radical agenda proposed by socialist and progressive party members had caused significant political damage to the party.

“We should have won big, but you know, the police rescue, the Green New Deal – these issues killed our members,” a Democratic party source told Fox News. “After everyone walked the board with qualified immunity to the police. It only hurt many members. No one is responsible for this.

Of course, the delusional far-left Democrats and their allies deny responsibility for the party’s failures. Instead, they say that the formation of the party and the centrist wings should be deserved because they do not accept socialist political proposals and do not make “unforced mistakes” that go to the polls.

Among the flaws highlighted by some far-left groups were House President Nancy Pelosi’s strange, completely untouched decision to introduce a high-end freezer filled with expensive Jeni ice cream containers at an early stage of the coronavirus epidemic.


“When democratic leaders make compelling mistakes such as presenting a freezer below two lows full of ice cream on national television, or teaming up with Wall Street leaders and corporate lobbyists while Trump tells voters we are the swamp party , it’s not surprising what we lose, ”reads the post-election reminder written by progressive groups including Socialist MPs, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y. Allied Organizations such as the Justice Democrats and the Sunrise Movement.

Amid the quarrel, the Progressive and Socialists proclaimed a significant election victory for far-left candidates, expressing as evidence that their ideas were popular.

The claim that most Americans want the government to raise its taxes dramatically and introduce socialist policies like the Green New Pact has been refuted by the determined performance of Republicans on election day.


Our research shows that the far left has been remarkably more effective in displacing centrist and settlement incumbents in districts that are already democratic citadels. In some cases, the incumbents went further to the left, probably reassuring far-left groups and activists.

For more than two years, those who support free markets and individual freedom have been warning that the Democratic Party is being radicalized by progressives and socialists. The data in our new report provide significant and worrying evidence that these warnings were well-founded.