Power of Progressive Left on Ballot in Michigan Governor’s Race

Underdog with endorsements from key progressives will test establishment

The electoral might of the left will be put to the test Tuesday in Michigan, as the Democratic primary pits a progressive candidate with endorsements from socialists Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez up against an establishment Democrat backed by the state's party and union allies.

Abdul El-Sayed, 33, is a "product of Michigan schools" who later became the city of Detroit's public health director, according to his campaign website. Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez have been actively campaigning on El-Sayed's behalf in the last week. If he were to win the primary and go on to win in November, he would be the first Muslim governor in America.

"On August 7th, let's show Michigan and this nation what is possible and elect @AbdulElSayed to be the next Governor of Michigan," Sanders tweeted on Sunday, along with a video of the senator speaking to a packed auditorium urging the crowd to vote for El-Sayed. Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described Democratic-socialist, campaigned for El-Sayed in Grand Rapids, Flint, and Detroit the week prior.

To claim the upset and win the nomination, El-Sayed will have to knock off Gretchen Whitmer, a former minority leader of the Michigan senate whose endorsements list on her website runs deep.

"Absolutely she's the establishment candidate," said Steve Mitchell, a Michigan pollster for over three decades. "She's got the endorsement of the mayor of Detroit, former governors, she's got the endorsement of the unions."

Complicating the chance of a progressive upset is Shri Thanedar, another anti-establishment progressive in the race. He may be Whitmer's key to prevent being outflanked from the left: The 63-year-old Thandear is self-funding his campaign, thanks to a fortune made in the chemicals business.

Mitchell said whatever momentum El-Sayed may have from the Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez endorsements and campaign appearances will likely be muted by a split vote between the two progressive candidates...

You can read the rest of the article here.

Related:

6 hours ago

GOP Governor Charlie Baker Of Massachusetts Named One Of The “World’s Greatest Leaders” By Fortune Magazine

Governor Charlie Baker continues to set a clear example for bipartisan leadership in his second term as Massachusetts’ chief executive.

10 hours ago

Louisiana Loses More Jobs Under Democrat Governor John Bel Edwards

Louisiana lost 1,700 jobs over the last 12 months through March, with the biggest losses in the state’s vital construction industry.

5 days, 12 hours ago

GOP Governor Kim Reynolds Is Making Iowa A National Leader For Children’s Mental Healthcare

Iowa’s State Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill to create a first-ever statewide children’s mental health system,

6 days, 9 hours ago

In Florida, Ron DeSantis Accelerates Conservative Agenda

As his first legislative session winds down, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis—elected five months ago by the narrowest of margins—has soared in popularity ...

1 week ago

GOP Governor Matt Bevin’s Kentucky Becoming The “Seat of Advanced Manufacturing In America”

Working families are gaining access to new high-paying jobs as the state’s economy continues to move toward unprecedented new heights.

1 week ago

New Jersey Democrat Gov. Phil Murphy Under Fire For “Patronage Pit” Festering In His Administration

Murphy’s mismanagement of New Jersey has gotten so dire that members of his own party are now openly criticizing his failed leadership.