The stories provided a striking contrast, a portrait of the Democratic Party’s past and a glimpse of its possible future.

Just after midnight on Wednesday, 31-year-old Tiffany Cabán claimed victory in her race for Queens district attorney, an announcement that ignited chants of “DSA” during her campaign’s watch party at the La Boom nightclub in Woodside, N.Y. (Members of the Democratic Socialists of America were among her most active volunteers and canvassers.) Cabán, a self-identified queer Latina from Richmond Hill, N.Y., who received endorsements from Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has vowed a wholesale decriminalization of poverty.

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