A Democratic Socialist Was Elected To The Virginia Legislature Last Night

Lee Carter, a Democratic Socialist, and Marine veteran knocked off a member of the Virginia Legislature's Republican leadership after running an aggressive campaign.

Lee Carter, a Democratic Socialist, and Marine veteran knocked off a member of the Virginia Legislature's Republican leadership after running an aggressive campaign.

Democrat Lee Carter, a red-haired, 30-year-old Marine veteran from Manassas, won a remarkable nine-point victory to oust Delegate Jackson Miller, a deep-pocketed Republican incumbent who serves as House Majority Whip. Carter ran openly as a socialist—he and his supporters crooned the union anthem “Solidarity Forever” after their victory—and he won with almost no institutional support from the state Democratic Party. The Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Patrick Wilson reported last month that party leaders “abandoned” Carter after he declined to report campaign metrics like the number of doors he’d knocked and the amount of money he’d raised

On why Carter is a Democratic Socialist:

‘I’m a democratic socialist. Here’s what that means: It means I believe in strong unions, health care for everybody, and an end to discrimination.’ Well, that’s what I believe in, too. I dug a little more into it, and I realized a lot of the problems we have in today’s society reflected in electoral politics are symptoms of economic problems.”

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Baruch
Baruch

Excellent. Both the heinous republicans and the corrupt corporate democrats slammed with one win. I love it. Congratulations Lee Carter!!