By Keely Sexton
As Massachusetts’ primary day — September 1 — approaches, some see a demographic shift in western Massachusetts to more progressive politics. The current Democratic congressional primary race is between long-time incumbent U.S. Rep. Richard Neal and Holyoke mayor and progressive powerhouse Alex Morse.
Mount Holyoke College’s Adam Hilton, assistant professor of politics, talked to GQ magazine about the race and what the shift might mean for the state.
“The Democratic Party has been trending in a more progressive direction for a while, and we’re seeing significant generational overturning in the party,” he said. “I don’t think progressives are taking over the party but they certainly set the terms of the debate.”
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