Progressive Influence Remains Key Question for Democrats

Progressive mayoral candidate Jesus Garcia had a tough time getting his message out on Thursday when a standing-room-only crowd gathered in the city's southeast corner kept interrupting his speech by chanting his nickname, "Chuy." And if you didn't look at the polling, the enthusiasm might make you think Garcia is ahead in his runoff election against Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Garcia's race is in many ways emblematic of where the progressive movement is nationally. They have celebrated a string of recent victories, including Garcia's dark horse candidacy, but have so far fallen short on some of their most sought after goals.