Democratic Socialists of America candidates, 2018 election

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The following American politicians are affiliated with the Democratic Socialists of America, an organization of democratic socialist and left-social democratic and labor-oriented members in the United States. In 2018, the organization endorsed and supported 42 people with the formal endorsement of the Democratic Socialists of America ran for local, state and federal office in 20 states.[1] Most of these candidates were also registered members of the Democratic Party and ran for the Democratic Party nomination.

The organization drew national attention in 2018 with dramatic surge in support following the upset victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over the incumbent Congressman, Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley.[2]


U.S. Senatorial candidates[edit]

Candidate State Primary date Primary result % General result %
Zak Ringelstein[3][1] Maine 6/12/2018 Won[n 1] 67.7% TBD TBD
Sema Hernandez[4] Texas 3/6/2018 Defeated 23.7% Did not qualify N/A

U.S. House candidates[edit]

Candidate District Primary date Primary result % General result %
Carlos Ramirez-Rosa[5] Illinois-4 3/20/2018 Withdrew {{}} {{}} {{}}
Danny K. Davis (incumbent)[6] Illinois-7 3/20/2018 Won 73.9% TBD TBD
Rashida Tlaib Michigan-13 8/7/2018 Won 31.2% TBD TBD
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez New York-14 6/26/2018 Won 56.7% TBD TBD
Kaniela Ing Hawaii-1 8/11/2018 Defeated 6.1% Did not qualify N/A
Ali Khorasani Texas-2 3/6/2018 Defeated 7.5% Did not qualify N/A
Justin Snider Texas-6 3/6/2018 Defeated 6.9% Did not qualify N/A
Derrick Crowe Texas-21 3/6/2018 Defeated 23.1% Did not qualify N/A
Rick Treviño Texas-23 5/22/2018 Defeated 32.1%[n 2] Did not qualify N/A

Gubernatorial candidates[edit]

Candidate State Primary date Primary result % General result %
Cynthia Nixon[7][8] New York Defeated N/A
Constance N. Johnson Oklahoma 6/12/2018 Defeated 38.6% Did not qualify N/A
Tom Wakely Texas 3/6/2018 Defeated 3.4% Did not qualify N/A

State legislative candidates[edit]


Jovanka Beckles won one of the top two spots in the primary, advancing to the general election for a State Assembly seat in the East Bay.[9][10]


Jade Bahr and Amelia Marquez won primary elections for the State House with 68% and 65% of the vote in Montana's 50th and 52nd districts respectively.[11][12]

New York[edit]

Julia Salazar won the Democratic primary, defeating incumbent state senator Martin Malave Dilan in New York's 18th senate district.[13][14]


Sara Innamorato, Summer Lee, Elizabeth Fiedler and Kristin Seale won Democratic primary contests for seats in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, two of them defeating conservative male Democratic incumbents.[15][16][17][18]


  1. ^ Won the primary unopposed.
  2. ^ Advanced to the May 22 runoff with 17.5% of the primary vote.


  1. ^ a b Peoples, Steve (21 July 2018). "Democratic socialism surging in the age of Trump, and a Maine candidate takes the leap". Portland Press Herald. Associated Press. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Democratic Socialists of America Membership Surges After Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Stunning Victory". The Daily Beast. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  3. ^ Peoples, Steve (July 21, 2018). "Democratic socialism, with Kaniela Ing in the mix, surges in the age of Trump". Honolulu Star Advertiser. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  4. ^ Downs, Ray (7 March 2018). "Sen. Ted Cruz to face Rep. Beto O'Rourke in Texas Senate race". UPI. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Congressional hopeful Ramirez-Rosa blasts 'corporate Democrats'". Chicago Tribune. 11 December 2017. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  6. ^ "ADL Blasts U.S. Congressman for Lacking Courage to Condemn Farrakhan". Haaretz. JTA. 5 March 2018. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  7. ^ Vielkind, Jimmy (10 June 2018). "Cynthia Nixon: I'm a democratic socialist". Politico. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  8. ^ Birnbaum, Emily (29 July 2018). "New York chapter of Democratic Socialists of America endorses Cynthia Nixon". The Hill. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  9. ^ "RELEASE: Jovanka Beckles Wins State Assembly Primary". June 14, 2018. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  10. ^ "East Bay Primary Winners & Losers". 2018-06-07. Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  11. ^ "Montana Secretary of State". Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  12. ^ "Billings DSA on Twitter".
  13. ^ Nelsons, Libby; Beauchamp, Zach. "Julia Salazar overcomes controversy to notch another victory for democratic socialists". Vox. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  14. ^ Gessen, Massa (14 September 2018). "A Triumphant Primary Night for Julia Salazar and the D.S.A. in Brooklyn". The New Yorker. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  15. ^ Eliza, Griswold (May 16, 2018). "A Democratic-Socialist Landslide in Pennsylvania". The New Yorker. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  16. ^ Anapol, Avery (May 16, 2018). "Four socialist-backed candidates win Pennsylvania legislative primaries". The Hill. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  17. ^ "Pittsburgh DSA Celebrates Success of Endorsed Candidates Sara Innamorato and Summer Lee". May 16, 2018. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  18. ^ Krieg, Gregory (May 16, 2018). "Democratic Socialist women score big wins in Pennsylvania". CNN. Retrieved May 18, 2018.