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That movement is reshaping a Democratic Party still searching for leaders and identity in the era of Donald Trump.The movement is also remolding the Democratic Party into a younger, more diverse and decidedly liberal party.The progressive movement has helped nominate three black Democrats for governor's seats, including a clear upset in Florida, where Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum knocked off establishment favorite Gwen Graham.Republicans – and some Democrats – argue that the party is going too far to the left for American voters, particularly outside of the cities and close-in suburbs where Democrats' base of white liberals and non-white voters is concentrated.The counterargument from Democrats and activists on the left is two-fold: 1) Many issues that more liberal candidates support – some gun regulation, expanding Medicaid, raising the minimum wage – actually have widespread public support, even among independents and some Republicans, and 2) The more openly liberal candidates from outside the old-guard establishment can bring in new voters who don't regularly cast midterm ballots.Beyond November, the new generation of Democrats will have a say in how the party governs.
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