10 progressive, Bernie-endorsed candidates to watch in midterm races

By Gillian Richards | The Daily Signal

While most progressive candidates lost to an incumbent in this year’s Democratic primaries, progressives won over half of the open-seat races.

One study found that progressive candidates received many high-profile endorsements, including from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) or Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). They also enjoyed support from one or more of the following groups: Indivisible, Justice Democrats, Our Revolution, Sunrise Movement, or The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC).

Here are 10 progressive-backed candidates to look out for in Tuesday’s midterm elections:

Becca Balint, Vermont At-Large

Endorsements: Our Revolution, Sanders

Vermont state Senate President and Majority Leader Becca Balint won the Democratic primary for Vermont’s At-Large Congressional District in August. Sen. Bernie Sanders and Our Revolution are among the progressives backing her in the midterm elections.


Sen. Balint’s previous initiatives in Vermont include banning “conversion therapy” for LGBT youth and backing a transgender bathroom bill in the senate. Her current goals include supporting the federal Equality Act, codifying abortion into federal law, and supporting a Green New Deal to fight climate change.

Balint did not respond to The Daily Signal’s request for comment by publication. Her other policy goals appear on her campaign website.

Greg Casar, Texas’ 35th

Endorsements: Ocasio-Cortez, Indivisible, Justice Democrats, Our Revolution, Sanders, Sunrise

Former Austin City Council Member Greg Casar won the Democratic primary in Texas’ 35th Congressional District. Casar is running against former Corpus Christi Mayor Dan McQueen, a Republican, in Tuesday’s general elections.

Among Casar’s policy priorities are Medicare for All, tuition-free higher education, and the legalization of marijuana.

Casar’s other policy goals, as stated on his website, include increasing access to abortion in Texas. Casar previously passed amendments to fund abortion travel costs in The Lone Star State. His campaign website states he “is dedicated to increasing access to reproductive health care, repealing the Hyde Amendment, and codifying Roe v. Wade through the Women’s Health [Protection] Act.”

“Together, we’re taking our fight to the halls of Congress — to fight and deliver on passing Medicare for All, protecting reproductive rights, creating good jobs and fixing our power grid,” Casar said to at a viewing party in March. “Progressive policies are popular, and we’re going to pass them for Texas working families,” he added.

Casar did not respond to The Daily Signal’s request for comment. See his other policy goals on his campaign website.

Maxwell Alejandro Frost, Florida’s 10th

Endorsements: PCCC, Sanders

Frost, 25, won the Democratic primary for Florida’s 10th Congressional District this August.

“As the first generation-z member of Congress, from day one, I will fight to end gun violence, win Medicare For All, transform our racist criminal justice system, and end the climate crisis,” Frost states on his campaign website.

Frost is running against Republican candidate Calvin Wimbish in the general election for U.S. House Representative of Florida’s 10th Congressional District.

Frost did not respond to The Daily Signal’s request for comment by publication.

For reviews of all 10 progressive candidates, read full article here at The Daily Signal.

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3 thoughts on “10 progressive, Bernie-endorsed candidates to watch in midterm races

  1. Stuck on Stupid is no way to go thru life but we seem to have a abundance of it in once proud (pre 70’s) independent state. Following the one world un or commifornia is not being independent minded, it’s being a flock of sheep.

  2. So the progressives running for office think being endorsed by Vermont’s very own
    Independent-Socialist Sanders is a good thing ??

    The same Bernie Sanders that ” cowered ” twice when running against Hillary Clinton
    when running for the DNC presidential bid………….. yeah !!

    All this shows Vermonters is that you lean way left the same way the country is being
    run today………….. yeah, that should go far.

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