Both Costas Lose to Primary Challengers, Vulakovich Falls As Well
The cousins Costa, moderate Democrats, lost to insurgent progressive challengers by double digits. Progressive activist and advocate Sara Innamorato defeated Dom 64-to-35. Summer Lee, a graduate of Howard Law School and community activist, defeated Paul 68-to-31.
They are the latest wins by candidates backed by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, which toppled another Costa in a magisterial judge race last fall.
“These wins indicate that a renewed, vibrant left in America is not an aberration, but instead that working people are ready for real change, progressive policies, and a society that works for all of us, not a select few,” the DSA wrote in a press release.
Progressive nationwide had identified the races as two to watch.
Meanwhile on the other side of the aisle and in an overlapping district with Innamorato, Republican state Sen. Randy Vulakovich also lost Tuesday. He fell to Ross Township Commissioner Jeremy Shaffer, a self-funded conservative. He hammered Vulakovich for his vote for Gov. Corbett’s transportation funding bill, which also included a gas tax increase. The final margin was 59-to-41.