Far-left progressive Democrats have been increasing their influence and power within the Democratic Party for several years now, but several recent elections suggest that trend may now have slowed or even been reversed by Democratic voters.
Primary election results out of California, as well as those of a few races in other parts of the country, signaled that the progressive hopes to expand the far-left’s control over the Democratic Party may have been dashed, The Hill reported.
Voters in the decidedly liberal cities of both San Francisco and Los Angeles made it fairly clear that they would prefer more centrist moderates in power as compared to the far-left policies enacted and proposed by progressive politicians.
California primary unkind to progressives
Arguably the biggest blow for progressive leftists was the successful recall of San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin (D), the son of convicted far-left Weather Underground domestic terrorists, whose soft-on-criminals social justice reform policies have resulted in surging crime rates in the Bay Area.
The Associated Press reported Wednesday that incomplete and unofficial results showed that around 60 percent of voters in San Francisco had checked the box in favor of recalling and removing Boudin from office. Once those results are final, San Francisco Mayor London Breed (D), who had previously supported a moderate opponent against Boudin, will appoint a replacement to serve out the remainder of the ousted progressive prosecutor’s term.
The apparently successful recall of Boudin comes just a few months after San Francisco’s overwhelmingly Democratic voters had also recalled and removed three far-left progressive members of the city’s school board in February.
Meanwhile, at the opposite end of the state, the Los Angeles Times reported that a former Republican-turned-moderate Democrat had garnered the most votes over his more progressive competitors in the race to be the next mayor of Los Angeles, and he will square off against the second-place candidate in November’s general election.
With around 60 percent of the votes counted, billionaire real estate developer Rick Caruso had 42 percent of the vote compared to 37 percent for Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), a congresswoman who boasts of her connections to both the D.C. establishment as well as progressive activists. In a distant third and fourth place behind those two were leftist L.A. City Councilman Kevin de Leon and progressive activist Gina Viola.
Big loss in Texas
That’s not the only bad news for progressives, though, as just days earlier Democratic election officials in Texas finally declared relatively conservative incumbent Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) the victor over his far-left progressive activist primary challenger Jessica Cisneros.
According to NBC News, Cuellar had prevailed over Cisneros by about two percent in the March 1 primary, but since neither candidate breached 50 percent, that race went to a runoff on May 24, and now Cuellar has finally been declared the victor by just 281 votes. Cisneros has said she will file the paperwork to demand a recount.
The Hill noted that progressives have won a few victories across the nation, but those handful of wins have been countered and outweighed by more losses elsewhere.
“Progressives have an uphill battle in this political environment,” veteran Democratic strategist Joel Payne told The Hill. “There are a lot of progressives in positions of influence and power at a time where the country is unhappy with its leadership.”