Progressive advocates here in New York have been gaining momentum over the last year - and now they want to bring their success statewide.
It started last year with the upset primary win of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez -- primary victories by progressive advocates who have challenged incumbents. Rosemary Rivera of the progressive group Citizen Action says it's due to voters being unhappy with the status quo.
“I think people are ready for transformational change is what it is and incremental change is something that been keeping communities far from the process,” said Rivera. “They want fast, rapid change. Something that is transformational and different. “
And advocates hope the success will spread to upstate primary races. Just last week, progressive Tiffany Caban upset the establishment candidate to win the Queens district attorney race.
But Republicans, including their new chairman Nick Langworthy, see an opportunity.
“The Democrats literally nominated a chief law enforcement officer -- AOC with a badge -- who doesn't want to enforce the law and credited her win with the inmates on Riker's Island,” said Langworthy.
For now these primary victories for progressives haven't spread statewide. Look no further than Governor Andrew Cuomo's success against Cynthia Nixon last year.