Progressive activists are pushing for Bernie Sanders champion Nina Turner to run for Governor in Ohio in 2018.
I guess since we’re already dreaming about our progressive savior taking the presidency back in 2020, it’s okay that we begin thinking about which Bernicrats we can elect in the 2018 election too.
A growing movement to get Turner to run for governor is being led by progressive Berniecrats who have created “Turn Ohio Around,” a play on Turner’s name. Many in the state who worked for the Sanders campaign have jumped onboard this new project, inching toward fundraising for Turner as their next step.
Turner was one of Sanders’ most vocal supporters, speaking at Sanders rallies and gathering support from African American voters. She also aggressively defended Sanders on corporate media.
If she runs, Turner will be facing current Governor John Kasich if he decides to run again. Kasich was elected Governor in 2011 and is currently in his second term.
The state has seen a mix of Democratic and Republican governors, meaning that Turner’s challenge might be a significant one if she decides to run.
Those pushing for Turner to run for governor say that they see the same charismatic qualities they saw in Barack Obama.
Unlike Obama, though, Turner’s progressive stance means that she could gain support from Bernie voters as well as more mainstream Democrat voters.
If Turner does choose to run, it could signal a major step forward in progressive politics post-election. She will most certainly have the support of Senator Sanders and the entire “Bernie bro” voting block.