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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the progressive faction of the Democratic Party suffered devastating losses on Super Tuesday. This week marked a sound victory for the establishment wing as Joe Biden — with the help of black voters in South Carolina — staged an unexpected comeback, turning the presidential primary into a two-person race. But AOC’s down-ticket efforts were roundly rejected by Democratic voters.
AOC-Backed Candidates Lose Big
Earlier this year, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez formed a Super PAC called “Courage to Change” to support far-left candidates who espouse the “free everything” policies of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). The goal of the organization is to help socialist candidates win office and to unseat Democrats who are too moderate for the rabid progressive crowd.
AOC announced that the super PAC would be financially supporting seven female candidates in various districts across the country. Unfortunately for her, these candidates did not perform well in the primaries on Super Tuesday. Jessica Cisneros, who was running to oust Democratic incumbent Rep. Henry Cuellar in Texas, did not win enough votes to achieve that objective.
Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez is still trying unsuccessfully to win her way into a runoff with MJ Hegar to decide who will face Sen. John Cornyn in Texas. She is currently battling it out with state Sen. Royce West.
Georgette Gómez, who is running in California’s 53rd district, managed to qualify for the general election in San Diego County. But she came in second place, winning only 19% of the vote against Sara Jacobs, the establishment pick, who won 28%.
Is the Establishment Winning?
It’s still too early to tell which faction will emerge victorious in November. The establishment certainly won some crucial victories this week, but there are still four other progressive candidates in states that have not yet voted. Moreover, while Joe Biden has managed to pull ahead of Bernie Sanders, the race is far from over.
Either way, it is clear that the socialist movement has not earned the level of influence Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and her pals would like the public to believe. Despite their claims that Americans are on board with the “free everything” agenda and the Green New Deal, Democratic voters are rejecting their ideas. If this trend continues, it will be a tremendous setback for the far-left progressive crowd. But will it last?
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