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Here is your live blog for the day.

A bad night for EMILY's List.

The liberal women-in-politics group lost two major elections tonight. In Colorado, former state Treasurer Cary Kennedy lost to Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.). In Maryland's 6th Congressional District, state Delegate Aruna Miller, an immigrant who came to the U.S. from India when she was 7, lost to David Trone, the owner of Total Wine & More. Trone poured more than $10 million of his own money into his own campaign, more than any U.S. House candidate in history, except himself — two years ago.

In Trone's case, money talked, and identity politics didn't.

Democrat Party scores a win in Colorado 6.

Jason Crow, a former Army Ranger and Bronze Star winner, who was endorsed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) pulled off a win against Energy Department adviser Levi Tillemann. Tillemann challenged Crow from the Left, pushing for single-payer health care and Trump's impeachment, both of which Crow opposed.

Crow beat Tillemann handily.

"Dismantle our police and military."

Chelsea Manning, in his statement on his loss in the Maryland Democratic primary, said America's "most vulnerable communities" live "under a de facto military occupation." He denounced ICE's "Gestapo-like tactics." He called for the country to "defund and dismantle our police and military."

Yes. "Unhinged" doesn't begin to describe it.

Here are the first three paragraphs of his statement:

Last year, when I was released from prison, I emerged into a world of hate and injustice. I traveled across the country. I saw immigrants, people of color, queer and trans folk under attack. I saw our most vulnerable communities living under a de facto military occupation of violent, heavily-armed police forces. I’ve seen what a military occupation looks like first-hand: I participated in the U.S. occupation of Iraq from 2009-2010.

Witnessing how scary and unjust the world has become drove me to run for U.S. Senate in my home state of Maryland. After spending nearly a decade of my life experiencing homelessness, war, prison, and solitary confinement, I wondered if I should step back from the spotlight and spend my first year of freedom recovering. But I couldn’t sit still. I couldn’t watch things get worse while our so-called leaders continue to treat these systemic problems with empty platitudes and piecemeal reform.

Our campaign platform has advanced an anti-authoritarian agenda with policies that many Marylanders already support. We’ve demanded the complete abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which continues to imprison children and separate countless families with its brutal, Gestapo-like tactics. We’ve called to defund and dismantle our police and military, and end the terror and violence they’ve inflicted abroad and in our own communities. We’ve called for the closing of prisons, for open borders, and for free universal healthcare for everyone, no questions asked.

This is huge.

By the way, when Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) lost to Alexandria Acesio-Cortez, the member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) defeated one of the Democrats who stood the best chance to replace Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

This excellent Politico story by Heather Caygle and John Bresnahan delved into Crowley's ambition to replace Pelosi.

Rep. Joe Crowley — buoyed by a caucus thirsty for change and his rising national profile — is angling to become the next House Democratic leader if Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats fall short.

Whether Democrats win the House majority or not, the affable Queens party boss and current Democratic Caucus chairman would have to first go through the party’s longtime septuagenarian leaders — Pelosi, Steny Hoyer and Jim Clyburn — who’ve shown no hurry to head for the exits. In fact, the three have already started sending strong signals that if Democrats take the House they’re prepared to beat back a younger generation clamoring for new leaders.

But in interviews with nearly 30 Democratic lawmakers and aides, almost all said it’s no secret that Crowley — a 6-foot-5, lifelong New Yorker who towers over many of his colleagues and can often be heard walking through the Capitol singing a tune in his trademark Queens accent — is doing everything possible to position himself for if and when there’s a shakeup at the top.

For Crowley, this moment has been two decades in the making and could be his best shot to ascend to the top of Democratic leadership ranks.

“I think Pelosi and Hoyer ought to take the message from [Paul] Ryan’s retirement and realize it’s time for this caucus to move on. And I think Crowley fits the bill to be our next leader,” said Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas), an outspoken critic of current leadership.

Now, those hopes are dashed. Acesio-Cortez has become the Dave Brat of the Democratic Party, and socialism, whether democratic or not, is on the rise.

Transgender convicted spy and traitor loses Democratic primary.

Chelsea Manning, a whistleblower who was convicted of violations of the Espionage Act for leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks and was pardoned by Barack Obama as he left the Oval Office, has lost his longshot challenge to Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.).

Manning, who was born "Bradley" and identifies as female, would have been one of the most prominent transgender politicians.