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What Happened to the Left in New York on Tuesday?

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Before Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her socialist allies dramatically upended politics as we once knew it, three incumbent state legislators losing in one night would have been a big deal.

José Rivera of the Bronx, Tom Abinanti of Westchester, and Kevin Cahill of the Hudson Valley will not be returning to Albany next year, according to unofficial returns. Cahill’s replacement, climate organizer Sarahana Shrestha, is a committed socialist who ran with the strong backing of the Democratic Socialists of America. Meanwhile, Abinanti lost to a local legislator supported by the Working Families Party.

Yet the narrative coming out of Tuesday is one of progressive failure. Both the DSA and the Working Families Party ran large slates in the Assembly primaries, and almost all of them lost. At the top of the ticket, the WFP-endorsed Jumaane Williams and Ana María Archila, lost badly in the races for governor and lieutenant governor, respectively. Kathy Hochul and Antonio Delgado were triumphant, far outrunning their opposition on both the left and the right.

August may hold more hope for the left when voters cast ballots in the primary for State Senate and congressional seats — at least one socialist is a front-runner for a State Senate seat in Queens and Manhattan — but it’s clear 2022 will not produce the enormous gains of 2018 and 2020 when it seemed routine for young, charismatic leftists to rush into power. Since........

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