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Little left wave - in Texas!

Bernie Sanders has ended his campaign, but the revolution continues. At least a little, even in the changing conservative stronghold of Texas. In the Democratic primary election Tuesday night, several party links prevailed. "Progressives prevailed in all primaries in which there were ideologically polarized election campaigns," wrote the observer and journalist Daniel Nichanian, who specializes in local elections and judicial reform. In times of Black Lives Matter, Jose Garza's program apparently won over many voters. The public defender was elected with over 30,000 votes ahead of the prosecutor of Travis County, the fifth largest county in Texas around its capital Austin.

Unlike his predecessor, who accused thousands of people of marijuana possession every year, the activist and board member of the NGO Workers Defense Project no longer wants to do this. He also wants to take action against police violence and is also campaigning for the abolition of bail payments, which poor Americans can often not afford and are therefore sometimes in jail for months before their trial. Garza won around 68 percent of the vote. With his election victory, he is part of a wave of progressive challengers in public prosecutor elections across the country that are increasingly putting an end to the old "law and order" and "drug war" policy.

Garza is also a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. "Garza's victory was made possible by a broad coalition of the working class rallying around the slogan 'Defund The Police' to transform the justice system," the DSA local branch in Austin cheered in a statement. The DSA activists had campaigned for Garza on the doorstep in the past few months and also contacted thousands of voters by phone. The public defender had also received support from local unions and Bernie Sanders.

Because Travis County is very democratic, Garza's election in November is almost certain. In the runoff elections in Texas, depending on the office and constituency, the two leading candidates from the area code ran again in March if no candidate had jumped the 50 percent mark.

Left-wing activists and democrats also had reason to celebrate in three congressional constituencies. In "Texas 10" between Austin and Houston, the teacher and civil rights attorney Mike Siegel prevailed with 54 to 45 percent against the Indian doctor Pritesh Gandhi. It was also supported from outside by lobbyists who want to keep progressive Democrats out of the US Congress. Siegel, who supports all essential left-wing program points with the introduction of a general state health insurance Medicare for all or a Green New Deal, among others, was supported by the activists of the "Sunrise Movement". "We made more than 100,000 calls for him this week alone," said the left-wing organization fighting the climate crisis on Twitter.

Siegel was a 2018 Democrat candidate for the constituency that is currently in Republican hands. Two years ago he lost just under 4.3 percent. But if America's suburbs in the Trump era continue to move more and more away from the Republicans and if Joe Biden does well in Texas in November, he could "heave Siegel over the finish line."

In "Texas 24" between Dallas and Fort Worth, Candace Valenzuela won the runoff election with 58 percent to 41 percent against army officer Kim Olson. Valenzuela is a little less left-wing than Siegel in her program. She had been supported by progressive politicians from Texas such as Julian Castro and several senators such as Elizabeth Warren and, as a former homeless and victim of domestic violence, advocates more welfare state aid for Americans. If elected in November, she would be the first Afrolatina in the US Congress.

The Republicans won the constituency in 2018 by 3.1 percentage points. But according to election analyst David Wassermann of the independent Cook Political Report, it is "difficult to find an electoral district that is changing so quickly". In 2012, the Republican presidential candidate won the constituency by 22 percentage points. Since then, the population has become more diverse and more democratic because of migration from home and abroad.

In the 31st constituency of Texas in the northern suburbs of Austin, Donna Imam prevailed. Like her competitor, she supports Medicare for all, so there was a less sharp ideological contrast here. After many years of domination, the Republicans had also only won this constituency in 2018 by a margin of 2.9 percent. In the three other congressional electoral districts, where runoff elections were necessary because no candidate over 50 percent came in March, the Democrats have little chance of winning the election in November.

In the 2018 midterm elections, the Democrats took two Congress seats from Republicans in suburban constituencies in Texas. In half a dozen, including "Texas 10", as well as the constituencies with the number 24 and 31, they just missed the victory. If the progressive candidates Siegel, Valenzuela and Imam were also successful in November, this would weaken an important argument against the party left: According to the logic of the democratic establishment, "moderate" candidates would have to be nominated in voting districts.

Cristina TzintzĂșn Ramirez

In the state parliament, too, progressive candidates made up "ground" in three of the six run-off elections that had become necessary. They narrowly defeated two more conservative Democrat incumbents and prevailed in one "open constituency" case in which the previous incumbent did not run for re-election. In a constituency in Houston, a progressive Democrat succeeded in defeating a Democrat MP who had made a negative impact in the eyes of the left as a supporter of private schools. The elections in November are also about supremacy in the 150-seat state parliament. As early as 2018, the Democrats captured 12 seats, now they could achieve a narrow majority by winning nine seats. By registering new voters, they want to try and win a dozen seats that were narrowly won by Republicans in 2018.

Apparently, Senator Royce West, who was supported by progressive groups and also the left-wing candidate Cristina TzintzĂșn Ramirez, who was defeated in March, was unable to prevail in the Democratic primary for the US Senate. The rather conservative ex-soldier Mary Hegar won with 52 to 47 percent of the votes according to the current count. But similar to the Senate area code in Kentucky, the election was tighter than previously expected. The progressive Democrat candidate for the State Senate, Sara Stapleton-Barrera, also lost her runoff election. She ran against a long-time conservative incumbent. Eddie Lucio is the only Democrat who voted for a trans-hostile Republican law in the state parliament.

This makes Lucio a political dinosaur, because his party is drifting to the left across the country and also in Texas. The new party program adopted in mid-June - unlike the presidential election in March, the Bernie-Sanders wing prevailed among party delegates - there are now left-wing demands such as Medicare for all, a Green New Deal, the abolition of the US deportation authority ICE. In addition, the party in Texas is now demanding an annual salary for teachers of US $ 60,000, reparations for the descendants of slaves and the decriminalization of border crossings.

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