Civil War Brewing Among Democrats

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( – This weekend Nevada Democrats are preparing for a state party chair election which could prove quite critical for the dynamics of the party as they move toward 2024.

Top elected officials have repeatedly called for Nevada Democratic Party Chair Judith Whitmer to step down in the last few weeks. This is only the latest culmination of the tension between the progressive and moderate factions of the state party. However, many Democrats worry that this tension could follow them in the 2024 election cycle.

Nevada is a key primary state for the Democrats and is one of the Senate’s seats most vulnerable to flipping with Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) seeking reelection.

Peter Koltak, a staffer for Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt) 2020 presidential campaign in the state, has noted that the tension in the Nevada Democratic Party “is an embarrassment to progressives and Nevada.” He further added that a lot of the tension is “rooted in incompetence.”

For the past two years, the party has been led by Whitmer, along with a group of democratic socialist candidates. Previously the party had been run by the “Reid machine,” a group of establishment Democrats formerly led by the late Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev). Ever since the change in leadership there has been growing tension between progressive and established members of the party.

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