Democratic Socialists Just Won a Huge Victory in Virginia

A Democratic socialist just unseated the House GOP Majority Whip by a huge margin for a seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates.

 

Lee Carter’s (D) election victory was a shocking upset for experts, who predicted that Republican incumbent Jackson Miller would likely win. Carter ran unapologetically on pursuing a single payer healthcare system for Virginia and limiting corporate influence in politics, echoing policy positions taken by Sen. Bernie Sanders in last year’s Democratic primary.

Carter, an IT specialist and Marine veteran, now represents Virginia’s 50th District, which includes the city of Manassas and part of Prince William County.

Carter’s victory is yet more good news for Virginia Democrats. Republicans have thus far lost the governor’s seat and a whopping eleven delegate seats. If Democrats can unseat six more Republicans tonight, they will gain a majority in the House.