Only Two Candidates Endorsed by Ocasio-Cortez Win in Primary Elections

By Bowen Xiao

Political newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsed a slew of hopeful far-left candidates in the Democratic primaries in an effort to capitalize on her surprise victory in New York. However, three of the five candidates she backed ended up losing on Aug. 7.

Ocasio-Cortez defeated long-serving Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) on June. 26, in a stunning upset in that state’s 14th Congressional District. The Bronx-born, 28-year-old member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) has been dubbed by some as the “new face” of the Democratic Party.

In the past few weeks, Ocasio-Cortez hit the campaign trail to endorse five other prospects of the progressive left. She campaigned for Abdul El-Sayed for governor of Michigan, Fayrouz Saad in Michigan’s 11th Congressional District, Cori Bush in Missouri’s 1st District, James Thompson in Kansas’s 4th District, and Rashida Tlaib in Michigan’s 13th District.

New York Democrat candidate for Congress Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez campaigns for Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed at a rally on the campus of Wayne State University July 28, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

She also backed candidate Kaniela Ing in Hawaii, along with a number of other progressives whose primary elections have not yet begun.

“We’ve got about ONE WEEK LEFT until a whole slew of elections come up across the country,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a July 31 Twitter post. “From @KanielaIng & @SaadforCongress to @AbdulElSayed & @CoriBush, it’s time to leave it all on the field.”

According to the results from Aug. 7, there were two winners among those she had endorsed—Tlaib, who will run unopposed in the upcoming general election, and  Thompson..

Saad finished fourth in a five-way race, amassing 17,524 votes, or 19.5 percent of the vote, according to the latest data from BallotPedia. The winner, Haley Stevens, got 23,997 votes, or 27 percent.

El-Sayed lost his gubernatorial bid to fellow Democrat Gretchen Whitmer, who captured 52 percent of the vote, compared with El-Sayed’s 30 percent.

Congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (L) stands with Zephyr Teachout after endorsing her for New York City Public Advocate on July 12, 2018 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Bush encountered a similar result, losing to incumbent Lacy Clay by a margin of 56.7 percent to 36.9 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has been rigorously campaigning and endorsing Republican candidates in contested races that could decide the control of both houses of Congress. Trump attended a trio of almost back-to-back rallies last week at stadiums that were packed with supporters.

Trump has had a high rate of success with endorsement wins in recent primaries. On Twitter, he dismissed talk of a reported “blue wave” comeback for Democrats.

“As long as I campaign and/or support Senate and House candidates (within reason), they will win! I LOVE the people, & they certainly seem to like the job I’m doing,” he wrote on Aug. 8. “If I find the time, in between China, Iran, the Economy and much more, which I must, we will have a giant Red Wave!”

From The Epoch Times