Bakari Sellers: Gillum, Abrams, O'Rourke Did Not Lose; "They Fundamentally Rebranded The Democratic Party"

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Democratic strategist Bakari Sellers said Wednesday night that even though Andrew Gillum, Stacey Abrams, and Beto O'Rourke lost their elections, they won by fundamentally changing the Democratic party.

"I know that they may not have won these particular races, but they fundamentally re-branded the Democratic Party," he said.

BAKARI SELLERS, CNN DEMOCRATIC COMMENTATOR: I think that Terry McAuliffe is going to be a very viable candidate and lead this party, if he so chooses and can garner that support. But Andrew Gillum and Stacey Abrams and Beto O'Rourke did not lose, right? And I know that they may not have won these particular races, but they fundamentally re-branded the Democratic Party.



I mean, Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum showed that you can have progressivism in a black idiom. Beto O'Rourke showed, if you have this grassroots movement, no matter where you are, if you touch 100 counties in Texas and you have that energy and you're out here showing that you can have not only the Hollywood and the Willie Nelson but you can have the bubba who drives a truck that you have an opportunity to --

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ANDERSON COOPER, CNN HOST: Yes, but you have to actually win, though.

DAVID URBAN, GOP STRATEGIST: A winning national message.

SELLERS: But let me just tell you this, without those three individuals, you don't flip the House. So, I mean, we can sit here and say that they lost their elections, they did. However, you're not winning in the suburbs -- you're not winning the T'Challa (ph) seats in Florida. You're not winning the all red seats in Texas. I mean, you're not winning the Lucy McBath race in Georgia.

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