May 18, 2022 - Politics

Pennsylvania's Democratic progressives and establishment face off

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Pennsylvania's Democratic progressives and party establishment candidates both secured wins in Tuesday's primaries.

What's happening: The seesaw battle within the party continues, though most incumbents fended off challengers in the few hotly contested races.

  • Democratic candidates backed by progressive groups, like Reclaim Philadelphia, failed to pry seats from some longtime candidates.

Congressional 3rd District: Incumbent Dwight Evans cruised to victory over challengers Alexandra Hunt, a millennial progressive, and union organizer Michael Cogbill.

  • Hunt, a former stripper, drew national attention with her "Elect Hoes" slogan and garnered a massive war chest.

8th District state Senate: Longtime incumbent Anthony Williams appeared to overcome a challenge from progressive Paul Prescod, an organizer with the Democratic Socialists of America and former Philly school teacher.

  • Williams faced his first competitive primary in his West Philly district, which he first won in 1998.

194th District for state rep: Tarik Khan, former president of the Pennsylvania state Nurses Association, appeared to topple incumbent Pam DeLissio.

  • Tarik had endorsements from both the party and progressive groups.

200th District for state rep: Progressive Chris Rabb appeared to overcome party-backed Isabella Fitzgerald.

  • The district was redrawn in the recent redistricting process, which pitted incumbents Rabb and Fitzgerald against one another in the same district.

182th District for state rep: Party-backed Ben Waxman, a former journalist and ex-spokesman for District Attorney Larry Krasner, bested three other candidates for the vacant seat.

  • He also was backed by progressive groups.

184th District for state rep: Incumbent and progressive Elizabeth Fiedler appeared to fend off a challenge from party-backed Michael Giangiordano II, a real estate professional.

10th District for state rep: Incumbent and party-backed Amen Brown appeared to beat out Cass Green, who was endorsed by progressive groups, and community radio personality Sajda Blackwell.


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