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Nov. 2nd Election Results: Radical Progressives In Denial as They Drag Down the Democratic Party

Updated: Nov 19

On November 2, 2021, Democrats lost in Virginia (both the governor’s race and the state house) and just barely won the New Jersey governor's race. Those are two "blue" states President Biden easily carried last year. So, what's changed? Numerous exit polls revealed, among other things, that Democrats lost support with young people, non-college-educated white women, and Hispanics. The loss of Democratic support was especially notable in the suburbs and rural areas. While progressives deny responsibility, I believe it is clear that progressives have dragged the Democratic Party too far to the left, thus alienating many mainstream voters. As Democrats, we can implement some social reforms and support historically marginalized groups without taking extreme, radical positions (e.g. "Open Borders", "Defund the Police", "Abolish ICE", and yes, advocating "Critical Race Theory"). Based on this rhetoric, Republicans have been portraying all Democrats as “radical leftists” and that message IS working for them and costing us support. To change the narrative, the Democratic Party needs to focus now on addressing the core issues that are important to everyday voters (e.g. violent crime, inflation, infrastructure, healthcare, education). In Texas, we also need to be strong on border security (only support LEGAL immigration). I urge my fellow Democrats to view the recent election defeats as the canary in the coal mine. If the Democratic Party doesn’t move back to the center soon and embrace mainstream, moderate voters, the mid-term elections next year will be a disaster.


For more on this topic, please click on the links below:


Election Losses by Progressive Democrats Reveal Limits of Their Influence | Elections | US News


Dems keep butting heads after Virginia shellacking - POLITICO


James Carville Rips Democrats Over Election Losses: Some Need ‘Woke Detox Center’ (yahoo.com)


AOC blasts Carville for using term 'wokeness,' says mostly 'older people' use the word (yahoo.com)


AOC’s ‘Woke’ Whine Is Why the Dems Can’t Stop Losing (yahoo.com)


National election takeaways: Democrats, just be moderate, reasonable (usatoday.com)


Progressives Lead, But Few Follow. Extreme, Far-left Positions Undermine The Democratic Party (harriscountydemocrats.com)


It’s Not Just White People: Democrats Are Losing Normal Voters of All Races (theintercept.com)



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