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5. It's a primary, so Dems beat other Dems
Wed May 17, 2023, 02:03 PM
May 2023

I don't know if that should be called a "blue wave."

We had a few upsets in Allegheny County PA (where Pittsburgh is located). Our long-time District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. was apparently beaten by progressive challenger Matt Dugan. Dugan currently has an 11% advantage over Zappala but the mail-in ballots haven't all been counted. Also the primary race for Allegheny County Executive was won by progressive Dem Sara Innamorato, and the early favorites Michael Lamb and John Weinstein were left in the dust. It's usually assumed that whoever wins the primary will be a shoo-in for the general election.

I think what we've seen in southwestern PA in the last 2 years, is that when a "progressive" Dem goes against an "establishment" Dem, the progressives are winning. It's especially the younger, female progressives that are getting more chances to win.

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