The Working Families Party has faced its share of political challenges in New York, the least of which is securing its ballot status for the future.
But the progressive ballot line also feels like it has the wind at its back again amid a series of high-profile and lesser-watched races on primary day this week.
The WFP's biggest wins on Tuesday came with the victories of Jamaal Bowman and Mondaire Jones in a pair of congressional primary races. Bowman defeated incumbent Eliot Engel for the Democratic nomination; Jones bested a crowded field of candidates to replace Nita Lowey.
But as the WFP's Sochie Nnaemeka pointed out in a post-election memo, it wasn't just those two races where the party did well. The includes Khaleel Anderson, who is leading in a closely watched Assembly race in Queens, Anna Kelles for an Assembly district in Ithaca and WFP-backed candidates leading in Assembly and state Senate races.
There are also incumbents the party backed like Harry Bronson, Yuh-Line Niou, Diana Richardson, Ron Kim in the Assembly and Julia Salazar in the state Senate who are also on track to winning.
A number of the races are yet to be determine due to the high volume of absentee ballots that were cast this year.
"We should take all these projections with a grain of salt. With so many ballots still outstanding, the results could shift -- we may not win everywhere we’re leading now," Nnaemeka said. "But what we can say with confidence is this: 2018’s progressive insurgency wasn’t a one-time churn, but a new normal. Our movement will continue to transform New York up and down the ballot until New York truly works for the many."