AOC-backed House candidate defeated by establishment Dem in Ohio special election

Progressive politicians like U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) are frequently mentioned as the apparent future of the Democratic Party.

Nevertheless, a House candidate in Ohio who received an endorsement from Ocasio-Cortez and others on the far left recently lost a special election to an establishment Democratic candidate with significantly less campaign money, Townhall reported.

“I’ve seen enough”

In a separate special election in the same state and on the same night, a GOP House candidate backed by former President Donald Trump prevailed over a crowded field of contenders vying for an open seat in a heavily Republican district.

That victory appears to undercut some media narratives purporting that Trump no longer wields significant influence over his party’s base.

Meanwhile, Democrats are working to fill the seat vacated by Marcia Fudge, who left Congress to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Progressive Nina Turner had the support of Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) among other staunch leftists in her bid against Shontel Brown, who attracted support from the Congressional Black Caucus and other Democratic establishment figures.

In a tweet on Tuesday night, Cook Political Report analyst Dave Wasserman announced: “I’ve seen enough. Shontel Brown (D) defeats Nina Turner (D) in [the 11th district] special election Democratic primary.”

“We didn’t lose this race”

For her part, Turner apparently took the loss hard and leveled a few subtle jabs at her opponent in a concession speech of sorts.

“I am going to work hard to ensure that something like this doesn’t happen to another progressive candidate again,” she declared. “We didn’t lose this race, evil money manipulated and maligned this election.”

Wasserman also weighed in on the results of the other Ohio race, tweeting: “I’ve seen enough. Trump-endorsed Mike Carey (R) wins the GOP primary in [the 15th district] and will face state Rep. Allison Russo (D) in the special general election on 11/2/21.”

The dual outcomes appear to represent a vindication for Trump and a bitter defeat for progressives.

Trump had seen one of his endorsed candidates lose a special election in Texas just weeks earlier. Ahead of the Ohio race, the former president reportedly ramped up his support for Carey with roughly $350,000 in ads and multiple statements making it clear that the candidate had his full support.

As for Turner’s defeat, Fox News noted that it was just the latest in a series of progressive losses, effectively undermining media narratives that the far-left is poised to assume control over the Democratic Party.

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