Bernie Sanders' Son Finishes 7th in Primary

His father doesn't believe in 'dynastic politics'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2018 12:11 AM CDT
Bernie Sanders' Son Comes 7th in Primary
Levi Sanders is seen prior to a debate for Democratic hopefuls in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District at the Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Bernie Sanders declined to endorse his only son in his run for Congress, saying he doesn't believe in "dynastic politics"—and it appears voters in New Hampshire don't, either. Levi Sanders fell a long way short in his bid to replace retiring Rep. Carol Shea-Porter in the state's 1st Congressional District, finishing seventh out of 11 candidates in the Democratic primary, Politico reports. The younger Sanders campaigned on a platform very similar to his father's, including a "Medicare for All" pledge, but only raised $38,000, compared to $1.8 million for former Obama administration official Maura Sullivan, and $800,000 for the winner, restaurateur and councilman Chris Pappas, the Washington Post reports.

Pappas was seen as the establishment favorite and Sanders, 49, was considered the underdog despite his father's popularity, the Hill reports. In November, Pappas, who would be the state's first openly gay member of Congress, will face Eddie Edwards, an African-American former police chief who won the GOP primary with the support of the Trump administration, the AP reports. Former state Sen. Molly Kelly won the Democratic primary for governor and will face Gov. Chris Sununu in the general election. In the race for New Hampshire's other House seat, state Rep. Steven Negron won a hard-fought seven-way GOP primary and will seek to unseat Democratic Rep. Ann Kuster this fall. (More Levi Sanders stories.)

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