In New York, Christine Pellegrino won the 9th assembly district – which voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump in November – with 58% of the vote.

“This is a thunderbolt of resistance,” Pellegrino, who was a Bernie Sanders delegate at the Democratic National Convention, told Newsday. “This is for all the supporters and voters who understand a strong progressive agenda is the way forward in New York.”

Pellegrino’s campaign was aided by hundreds of progressive volunteers and, according to the New York Times, “may embolden Democrats in New York to put more money and resources in races across the board, or possibly to encourage neophytes to run”.

 

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