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Nina Turner says progressive Democrats who won primaries need to 'keep up the pressure'

Nina Turner, the former co-chairwoman for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTlaib, Ocasio-Cortez offer bill to create national public banking system Cutting defense spending by 10 percent would debilitate America's military The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Election night could be a bit messy MORE's (I-Vt.) presidential campaign, says the progressive Democrats who won in recent primary elections need to “keep up the pressure” on liberal causes if elected in November. 

“They’ve got to keep up the pressure. They’re duly elected just like the neoliberals in that Congress,” Turner said Thursday on The Hill.TV’s “Rising.” 

“They were sent there, [Jamaal] Bowman and others, were sent there to shake things up,” she added, referring to the former middle school principal who declared victory over longtime Rep. Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelOVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Administration notifies Congress it plans to approve F-35 sale to UAE | VMI votes to remove Stonewall Jackson statue after allegations of racism| House defense panel chairman: Trump has 'no plan' to leave Afghanistan by Christmas Administration notifies Congress it plans to approve F-35 sale to UAE On The Trail: The fallacy of a conclusive election night MORE (D-N.Y.) this week. “Who cares if they get upset — they being the leadership.” 

Turner said progressives “coming in on this wave better stand strong.”

“Because the people are sending a message: Either do what we’re asking you to do, stand up for us, or there will be a consequence,” she said. 

In addition to Bowman’s win, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOn The Money: McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 | Lawmakers see better prospects for COVID deal after election Tlaib, Ocasio-Cortez offer bill to create national public banking system 'Drink water and don't be racist': Ocasio-Cortez gives Republicans upset over Vanity Fair outfit 'pointers' on how to look better MORE (D-N.Y.), the progressive who beat longtime incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) in 2018, easily defeated a more moderate challenger in Tuesday's election. 

In Kentucky, progressive challenger Charles Booker is running against Amy McGrath in the Democratic primary to take on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTop Senate GOP super PAC makes final .6M investment in Michigan Senate race On The Money: McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 | Lawmakers see better prospects for COVID deal after election Overnight Health Care: House Dem report blasts Trump coronavirus response | Regeneron halts trial of antibody drug in sickest hospitalized patients | McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 MORE (R-Ky.). The race has yet to be called. Booker drew national attention in the last weeks of the campaign over his response to and participation in protests over police brutality.