Vote in 2018

Progressive Candidate Snapshots – Primary Dates: August 11 and 14, 2018

Last updated September 3, 2018

Hawaii holds its primary election on August 11. Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont, and Wisconsin hold their primaries on August 14. Get a quick snapshot of the progressive candidates running for national office in these state primaries. They all take a strong stand on one or both of the following two priorities:

  • Big money out of politics
  • Universal healthcare

Follow the candidate’s website and social links in order to see his or her complete campaign platform and latest updates.

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Visit the hub page — “2018 Progressive Candidates: A Nationwide List” — to learn how this list was created and to find links to other left-leaning voter information, as well as general voter resources.

Election results are recorded as they become available. Follow your favorite progressive candidates right through to the Mid-Term General Election.

Happy voting!


Hawaii – Primary: August 11, 2018

Hawaii on Ballotpedia — Down-Ballot & More

U.S. Senate – Mazie Hirono (D-HI) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary, unopposed
— Incumbent
— Co-Sponsor of S.1804 – Medicare for All Act of 2017
— Campaign finance reform

1st CD – Kaniela Ing (D-HI) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— State representative
— No corporate PAC money
— Big money out of politics
— Medicare for All
— Universal basic income
— Guaranteed jobs program
— TYT Politics interview
— Endorsed by Our Revolution
— Endorsed by National Nurses United
— Endorsed by Justice Democrats

2nd CD – Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) – Facebook – Twitter – Youtube – WON primary
— Incumbent
— Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act
— Member of the NO PAC Caucus
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

State Senate, District 6Terez Amato (D-HI) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Single payer healthcare
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

State Senate, District 19Matthew Lopresti (D-HI) – FacebookTwitter – WON primary
— Anti-corruption
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

State House, District 3Raina Whiting (D-HI) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Anti-corruption
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

Quick Scroll: HICTMN, VTWI


Connecticut- Primary: August 14, 2018

Connecticut on Ballotpedia — Down-Ballot & More

1st CD – John Larson (D- CT) – FacebookTwitter – Youtube – Selected by party convention
— Incumbent
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.3848 – We the People Democracy Reform Act of 2017

1st CD – Tom McCormick (G-CT) – Facebook
— Medicare for All
— Election reform

3rd CD – Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) – Facebook – Twitter – Youtube – Selected by party convention
— Incumbent
— Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.3848 – We the People Democracy Reform Act of 2017

5th CDJahana Hayes (D-CT – FacebookTwitterWON primary
— Single payer healthcare
Jahana Hayes Crushes Party-Backed Candidate in a Landslide | The Intercept

Lt. GovernorEva Bermudez Zimmerman (D-CT) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Medicare for All
— Climate action
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

Quick Scroll: HICTMN, VTWI


Minnesota – Primary: August 14, 2018

Minnesota on Ballotpedia — Down-Ballot & More

U.S. Senate – Paula Overby (G-MN) – Twitter

U.S. SenateRichard Painter (D-MN) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Democratic Farmer Labor
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Anti-corruption
— Medicare for All
Rebel HQ interview
— Richard Painter Exits GOP, Launches Bid Against DFL Sen. Tina Smith | Star Tribune

This problem can also be solved by voters simply refusing to vote for candidates who accept PAC money or are supported by Super PACs.

~ Richard Painter

A bit confusing, but as of June 2, Painter is still in the race…

Smith faces a DFL primary opponent this August in Richard Painter, a former White House ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush administration and an outspoken critic of Trump. He finished a distant second for the endorsement, following a convention speech that saw him go after Trump for what he called “illegal and unconstitutional acts.” He said his “top priority as a senator will be investigating the bribery and other high crimes and misdemeanors that have taken place in this administration.”

J. Patrick Coolican and Jessie Van Berkel

READ MORE: GOP, DFL Endorse U.S. Senate Candidates for the Fall Election | Star Tribune

3rd CD – Dean Phillips (D-MN) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Campaign finance reform
— Universal healthcare

5th CDIlhan Omar (D-MN) – FacebookTwitter – WON primary
— State representative
— Universal healthcare
— Jobs guarantee program
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

6th CD – Ian Todd (D-MN) – FacebookTwitter – WON primary, unopposed
— Big money out of politics
— Medicare for All
Rebel HQ interview

8th CD – Kirsten Kennedy (D-MN) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Mayor of North Branch
— Medicare for All
— Constitutional amendment to end Citizens United
Rebel HQ interview

8th CD – Michelle Lee (D-MN) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Medicare for All
— Campaign finance reform

8th CD – Joe Radinovich (D-MN) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary
— Former state representative
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Universal healthcare
— Election reform

8th CD – Ray Skip Sandman (IPMN-MN) – Facebook – Twitter
— Independence Party of Minnesota
— Single payer healthcare
— Constitutional amendment to end Citizens United

GovernorErin Murphy (D-MN) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— State representative
— Single payer healthcare
— Campaign finance reform
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

Attorney General – Keith Ellison (D-MN) – FacebookTwitter – WON primary
— U.S. Representative
— Vice Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.3848 – We the People Democracy Reform Act of 2017
— Endorsed by National Nurses United
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

Attorney GeneralMatt Pelikan (D-MN) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Antitrust enforcement
— Endorsed by Our Revolution (Twin Cities)

Attorney General State of Confusion: How One Minnesota Political Race Went from Boring to Bonkers in 48 Hours | MinnPost

State House, 26ATina Liebling (D-MN) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary
— State representative
— Single payer healthcare
— Big money out of politics

State House, 61BJamie Long (D-MN) – Facebook – WON primary, unopposed
— Single payer healthcare
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

State House, 62AHodan Hassan (D-MN) – FacebookTwitter – WON primary
— Single payer healthcare
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

State House, 62BAisha Gomez (D-MN) – FacebookTwitter – WON, unopposed
— Single payer healthcare
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

State House, 63AJim Davnie (D-MN) – FacebookTwitter – WON, unopposed
— State representative
— Universal healthcare
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

Quick Scroll: HICTMN, VTWI


Vermont – Primary: August 14, 2018

Vermont on Ballotpedia — Down-Ballot & More

U.S. Senate – Brad Peacock (I-VT) – Facebook
— Universal healthcare
— Congressional term limits
— Campaign finance reform

U.S. Senate – Bernie Sanders (I-VT) – Facebook – TwitterYoutube – WON primary
— Incumbent (ran in Democratic Party primary)
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Big money out of politics
— Guaranteed jobs program
— Senate member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
— Sponsor of S.1804 – Medicare for All Act of 2017
— Endorsed by National Nurses United
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

At Large CD – Daniel Freilich (D-VT) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Medicare for All

At Large CD – Peter Welch (D-VT) – Facebook – Twitter – Youtube – WON primary
— Incumbent
— Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act
— Campaign finance reform

Governor – Christine Hallquist (D-VT) – FacebookTwitterVimeo – WON primary
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Universal healthcare
Rebel HQ interview
— Endorsed by Justice Democrats

State House, Windham 2-1 – Emilie Kornheiser (D-VT) – FacebookTwitter – WON primary
— Medicare for All
— Endorsed by Our Revolution

Quick Scroll: HICTMN, VTWI


Wisconsin – Primary: August 14, 2018

Wisconsin on Ballotpedia — Down-Ballot & More

U.S. SenateTammy Baldwin (D-WI) – Facebook – Twitter – Youtube – WON primary, unopposed
— Incumbent
— Co-Sponsor of S.1804 – Medicare for All Act of 2017
— Campaign finance reform
— Baldwin: Why I Support Medicare for All and Other Efforts to Expand Health Coverage | Journal Sentinel

1st Congressional DistrictRandy Bryce (D-WI) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary
— Takes no corporate PAC money
— Campaign finance reform
— Medicare for All
— Abolish ICE
— Nomiki Konst report
— Endorsed by National Nurses United
— Endorsed by Justice Democrats

1st Congressional DistrictCathy Myers (D-WI) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Medicare for All
— Big money out of politics
— Uphill Media interview

The only defense against organized money is organized people.

~ Cathy Myers

2nd Congressional DistrictMark Pocan (D-WI) – FacebookTwitter – Youtube – WON primary, unopposed
— Incumbent
— Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act
— Campaign finance reform
— Endorsed by National Nurses United

4th Congressional DistrictGwen Moore (D-WI) – FacebookTwitter – Youtube – WON primary
— Incumbent
— Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
— Co-Sponsor of H.R.676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act

5th Congressional DistrictTom Palzewicz (D-WI) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary, unopposed
— Medicare for All

7th Congressional District – Margaret Engebretson (D-WI) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary
— Medicare for All
— Big money out of politics

7th Congressional District – Brian Ewert (D-WI) – Facebook – Twitter – Youtube – Lost primary
— Universal healthcare

GovernorMike McCabe (D-WI) – FacebookTwitterYoutube – Lost primary
— Rejects corporate PAC money
— Climate Action
— Healthcare reform

We will never get clean air and clean water from dirty politics.

~ Mike McCabe

Mike McCabe for a People-Powered Government

GovernorMahlon Mitchell (D-WI) – Facebook – Twitter – Lost primary
— Universal healthcare
— Election reform
— Rebel HQ interview

GovernorKelda Roys (D-WI) – FacebookTwitter – Lost primary
— Former state representative
— Campaign finance reform
— Universal healthcare
— TYT Interviews

Lieutenant Governor – Mandela Barnes (D-WI) – Facebook – Twitter – WON primary
— Former state representative
— Universal healthcare

Company profits belong in worker’s paychecks, not CEO bonuses.

~ Mandela Barnes

Quick Scroll: HICTMN, VTWI

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