Less than a month after key Democratic primaries in Pennsylvania, there are growing signs that the Keystone State’s Democratic Party is moving sharply to the far left.
If this trend continues, state experts told Newsmax, then the ”progressive” wing of the party will be favored in Democratic primaries next year for the offices being vacated by termed-out Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and retiring Republican Sen. Pat Toomey.
”There is no doubt that the progressives have gained strength, especially in the cities and suburbs,” G. Terry Madonna, a senior fellow in residence at Millersville University of Pennsylvania and considered the premier pollster in the state, told Newsmax. ”In those regions of the state, they will win more primary nominations, especially with the support of college-educated voters and Gen Z millennials.”
The recent Democratic primaries that particularly illustrate Madonna’s point were for mayor of Pittsburgh and Erie County executive.
In a stunning result, two-term Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto lost the Democratic primary to state Rep. Ed Gainey by 42% to 39% in a four-way contest.
Although Peduto is considered a traditional liberal, Gainey — who would become Pittsburgh’s first Black mayor — was backed by such leftist activist groups as the Center for Popular