Five Democratic socialists have won seats on Chicago's City Council this year, and a sixth is close to defeating another incumbent.
According to CBS Chicago, two candidates supported by the Democratic Socialists of America won seats in February's elections. This week's runoff saw three additional candidates win spots as aldermen.
A sixth candidate trails by just 40 votes as ballots continue to be counted.
The election of socialists to public office follows the victory by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in last November's midterm elections. A 29-year-old former bartender, she now represents New York in the House. Her ideas, including the Green New Deal environmental legislation, have been mocked by conservatives as too radical and not realistic.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is also a socialist. He caucuses with Democrats and is running for president.
Chicago has been in the national news this year because of how State's Attorney Kim Foxx handled the case surrounding actor Jussie Smollett, who was charged with faking a hate crime against himself. Foxx decided to drop all 15 charges filed against him, which has resulted in massive pushback.
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