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Wed Jul 8, 2020, 12:13 PM

New Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries

Source: The Hill

Sen. Cory Booker (D), who dropped out of the presidential race last year, easily dispatched progressive activist Lawrence Hamm, holding a nearly 80-point lead with over 32 percent of precincts reporting.

Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D), the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee who had earned the ire of progressives over his refusal to embrace the Green New Deal, defeated Russ Cirincione, a government attorney, and Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, an author who runs MuslimGirl.com.

Meanwhile, Rep. Albio Sires (D), who raised eyebrows by going negative against his progressive challenger Hector Oseguera, won with 76 percent of the vote, while Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D) easily prevailed in the 12th District.

A couple of races remained uncalled as of midnight on Wednesday, though in both cases the incumbents had built substantial leads, with Rep. Bill Pascrell (D) leading by about 70 points and Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D) leading by nearly 40 points.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/506325-incumbents-steamroll-progressive-challengers-in-new-jersey-house-primaries

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Reply New Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries (Original post)
beastie boy Jul 8 OP
stopbush Jul 8 #1
George II Jul 8 #2
LakeArenal Jul 8 #4
George II Jul 8 #16
murielm99 Jul 8 #3
BComplex Jul 8 #5
comradebillyboy Jul 8 #6
BComplex Jul 8 #9
beastie boy Jul 8 #15
George II Jul 8 #17
beastie boy Jul 8 #7
BComplex Jul 8 #10
beastie boy Jul 8 #13
RhodeIslandOne Jul 8 #18
brooklynite Jul 8 #8
BComplex Jul 8 #11
brooklynite Jul 8 #14
liskddksil Jul 8 #12

Response to beastie boy (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 12:18 PM

1. Not surprising.

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Response to beastie boy (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 12:25 PM

2. "Establishment" Democrats are still winning at an over 90% rate, which tells me...

....THAT is what a huge majority of Democrats want in their Representatives and Senators.

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Response to George II (Reply #2)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 12:28 PM

4. Ah, yes, I had forgotten I'm an Establishment Democrat.

A label, tho thrust on me by others, I embraced from the start.

Thanks for the reminder.

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Response to LakeArenal (Reply #4)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 07:38 PM

16. I haven't changed in about 30+ years, but now I'm an Establishment Democrat.

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Response to beastie boy (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 12:27 PM

3. Good news.

We will need experienced people to clean up the trump mess.

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Response to beastie boy (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 12:33 PM

5. Of course they did. We all know that liberals are always wrong: like health insurance for all

labor unions
a planet that is sustainable
social security
fair housing
clean air
voting rights protections
black lives matter
Me Too!
Police reform

Damn those liberals! OUR democratic party needs to beat the shit out of them!!!

BAD LIBERALS!!! BAD!!!

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Response to BComplex (Reply #5)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 01:03 PM

6. Which 'establishment Democrats' don't want those things?

None that I can think of.

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Response to comradebillyboy (Reply #6)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 01:54 PM

9. The title of the post:New Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries

Sounds like a victory against PROGRESSIVE democrats to me.

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Response to BComplex (Reply #9)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 02:54 PM

15. It is. Doesn't automatically make it a bad thing.

And, of course, it doesn't make "establishment Democrats" against all these things you listed above.

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Response to BComplex (Reply #9)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 07:39 PM

17. Yes. NJ incumbents are "Liberal Democrats"

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Response to BComplex (Reply #5)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 01:14 PM

7. I don't know what you have against liberals. I love Booker!

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Response to beastie boy (Reply #7)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 01:55 PM

10. Steamrolling progressives is not my idea of a good idea.

That's the title of the thread. What makes these "progressives" so dangerous?

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Response to BComplex (Reply #10)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 02:42 PM

13. The title of the thread is actually a headline of the article. I didn't write it.

It has to do with primary elections in NJ. It may not meet with your approval, but it is an accurate description of what happened there. And while these results are welcome by the vast majority of the Democrats, myself included, the defeat of the candidates you call progressive to the exclusion of most progressives, doesn't make the defeated progressives dangerous. It makes them defeated. Nor does their defeat make the victors devious. Just as I respect the primary results in Jamaal Bowman's and AOC's districts, you should respect primary results in NJ without implying menace. It is the will of the voters, and I hope you have no objections over that.

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Response to BComplex (Reply #10)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 09:56 PM

18. Cory Booker is a popular national figure

That tends to lend itself to many voters saying they want to re-elect them.

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Response to BComplex (Reply #5)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 01:29 PM

8. Establishment liberals are opposed to these things? Who knew!?

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #8)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 01:56 PM

11. Then what are these "PROGRESSIVES" so dangerous for?

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Response to BComplex (Reply #11)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 02:48 PM

14. The last time I checked we were running against Republicans...

Every dollar spent on a tilting at windmills campaign against a reliable Democrat is a dollar not spend winning in November.

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Response to beastie boy (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 02:10 PM

12. I mean the Donald Norcross South Jersey machine lost big time in the Primary

to take on Van Drew so not sure what they are going for here?

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