How Did Socialists Perform in 2018 Midterm Elections? Better Than You Might Think.

Bernie Sanders Campaign Speech and Rally

The following list shows the election victories and losses for socialist candidates running for office during the 2018 midterm elections. The list was created by the team at StoppingSocialism.com.

How did we define “socialist” when constructing this list?: This list includes all candidates for governor, U.S. House, and U.S. Senate endorsed by Our Revolution (Bernie Sanders’ far-left political group) and/or the Democratic Socialists of America, the largest socialist organization in the United States. It also includes all state legislative candidates that support/are members of the Democratic Socialists of America.

Some important highlights: This list includes 86 separate races in 35 states. We tracked 30 state legislative seats, five gubernatorial races, one state AG, 46 U.S. House seats, and four U.S. Senate seats. We discovered socialist candidates lost 52 of those races and won 34 (39.5 percent). If uncontested races are excluded, socialist candidates received on average 49 percent of the vote. Their principal opponent received on average 46.9 percent of the vote. On average, socialist candidates’ performed 2 percentage points better than their principal opponent, if uncontested races are excluded. With uncontested races included, socialists on average won by 11.1 percentage points.

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Socialist Candidates in 2018 U.S. Midterm Elections

Candidate Name (Last)SOfficePartyWin or Loss in 2018
GallegoAZU.S. HouseDWIN
GrijalvaAZU.S. HouseDWIN
RomeroAZAZ HouseDLOSS
BecklesCACalif. HouseDLOSS
Campa-NajjarCAU.S. HouseDLOSS
ChuCAU.S. HouseDWIN
de LeonCAU.S. SenateDLOSS
DenneyCAU.S. HouseDLOSS
EstradaCACalif. HouseDLOSS
KimCACalif. SenateDWIN
LeeCAU.S. HouseDWIN
LevinCAU.S. HouseDWIN
PorterCAU.S. HouseDLOSS
RoudaCAU.S. HouseDLOSS
GonzalesCOColorado Sen.DWIN
FontaineCTConn. HouseDLOSS
FloresFLU.S. HouseDLOSS
GillumFLFlorida Gov.DLOSS
PatelFLU.S. HouseDLOSS
AbramsGAGeorgia Gov.DLOSS
RingGAU.S. HouseDLOSS
GabbardHIU.S. HouseDWIN
PerrusoHIHawaii HouseDWIN
ScholtenIAU.S. HouseDLOSS
JordanIDIdaho Gov.DLOSS
GarciaILU.S. HouseDWIN
WatsonINU.S. HouseDLOSS
ThompsonKSU.S. HouseDLOSS
WalkerKYU.S. HouseDLOSS
TrundleLAU.S. HouseDLOSS
McGovernMAU.S. HouseDWIN
PressleyMAU.S. HouseDWIN
AceveroMDMD HouseDWIN
JealousMDMD Gov.DLOSS
RaskinMDU.S. HouseDWIN
StewartMDMD HouseDWIN
MeleMEMaine HouseDLOSS
RingelsteinMEU.S. SenateDLOSS
SylvesterMEMaine HouseDWIN
TlaibMIU.S. HouseDWIN
EllisonMNMinn. AGDWIN
OmarMNU.S. HouseDWIN
BahrMTMont. HouseDWIN
MarquezMTMont. HouseDLOSS
HortonNCU.S. HouseDLOSS
RixonNCNC HouseDLOSS
BuffaloNDND HouseDWIN
CoryellNENeb. SenateILOSS
DavisNENeb. SenateILOSS
EastmanNEU.S. HouseDLOSS
HaalandNMU.S. HouseDWIN
BalterNYU.S. HouseDLOSS
CobbNYU.S. HouseDLOSS
KirchgessnerNYNY SenateD/WFPLOSS
Ocasio-CortezNYU.S. HouseDWIN
SalazarNYNY SenateDWIN
ShirleyNYU.S. HouseDLOSS
FiedlerPAPenn. HouseDWIN
InnamoratoPAPenn. HouseDWIN
KingPAU.S. HouseDLOSS
LeePAPenn. HouseDWIN
SealePAPenn. HouseDLOSS
BellRIRI SenateDWIN
GerenSCU.S. HouseDLOSS
CreasyTNTenn. HouseDLOSS
NelsonTNTenn. HouseDLOSS
RobinsonTNTenn. SenateDWIN
SalinasTNTenn. SenateDLOSS
BellTXU.S. HouseDLOSS
EscobarTXU.S. HouseDWIN
FaganTXU.S. HouseDLOSS
HolguinTXU.S. HouseDLOSS
O’RourkeTXU.S. SenateDLOSS
SiegelTXU.S. HouseDLOSS
SingerUTU.S. HouseDLOSS
CockburnVAU.S. HouseDLOSS
FlaccaventoVAU.S. HouseDLOSS
LewisVAU.S. HouseDLOSS
HallquistVTVermont Gov.DLOSS
SandersVTU.S. SenateIWIN
JayapalWAU.S. HouseDWIN
MorganWAWash. HouseDWIN
SmithWAU.S. HouseDLOSS
SmithWAWash. HouseDLOSS
BryceWIU.S. HouseDLOSS
PocanWIU.S. HouseDWIN

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Justin Haskins

Justin Haskins

Justin Haskins is a pro-liberty writer, editor, research fellow, and the editor-in-chief of the New Revere Daily Press. Haskins has been published hundreds of times in major digital and print publications, including The Wall Street Journal, New York Post, Forbes, FoxNews.com, Newsweek, and National Review, among many others. His writing has also been featured or discussed by the White House, The Rush Limbaugh Show, Glenn Beck Radio Program, the Fox News Channel, The New York Times, The Heritage Foundation, Drudge Report, and Newsmax, which named Haskins one of "Top 30 Republicans Under 30" in 2017. He lives in North Carolina and New England with his wife, Dr. Jacquelyn, and his dog Roxy. Follow him on Twitter @JustinTHaskins.
Justin Haskins
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Justin Haskins is a pro-liberty writer, editor, research fellow, and the editor-in-chief of the New Revere Daily Press. Haskins has been published hundreds of times in major digital and print publications, including The Wall Street Journal, New York Post, Forbes, FoxNews.com, Newsweek, and National Review, among many others. His writing has also been featured or discussed by the White House, The Rush Limbaugh Show, Glenn Beck Radio Program, the Fox News Channel, The New York Times, The Heritage Foundation, Drudge Report, and Newsmax, which named Haskins one of "Top 30 Republicans Under 30" in 2017. He lives in North Carolina and New England with his wife, Dr. Jacquelyn, and his dog Roxy. Follow him on Twitter @JustinTHaskins.