Women's March endorses Nina Turner in first-ever electoral endorsement

Women's March endorses Nina Turner in first-ever electoral endorsement
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The Women's March endorsed progressive House candidate Nina Turner on Tuesday ahead of the Democratic primary in Ohio's 11th Congressional District, marking the group's first-ever electoral endorsement. 

The Hill was the first outlet to report on the endorsement, which was released through the group's new super PAC, Women’s March Win.

"Nina is just a phenomenal candidate," Women's March Executive Director Rachel O'Leary Carmona told The Hill in an interview, citing her support of progressive policies like Medicare for All and a $15 minimum wage. 

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"We have been disappointed at the way that Democratic initiatives have been slowed down or stopped and we're looking for people who are going to charge ahead and get the work done. Get it done for women," she continued. 

Turner has been involved in the Women's March in the past, speaking multiple times at their recent marches in Washington, D.C. 

The first Women's March took place in January of 2017, just one day after former President TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE was inaugurated. The event was estimated to be the largest single-day protest in U.S. history, drawing 4 to 5 million participants across the country. The march continued to take place during each year of the Trump administration. 

Carmona told The Hill that the group plans to endorse more candidates ahead of the 2022 midterms. 

"The Women's March will be thinking through a broader endorsement process," she said. "We can anticipate more contentious races like this as progressives and Democrats really are grappling with what it looks like to build out the future that works for all Americans." 

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The news comes as Turner prepares to face Cuyahoga County Democratic Chair Shontel Brown in the 11th District Democratic primary next week. The seat was left vacant after former Rep. Marcia FudgeMarcia FudgeBiden administration launches new national initiative to fight homelessness Sanders goes back to 2016 playbook to sell .5T budget Activists detail legal fight against HUD for Philadelphia housing MORE (D-Ohio) left Capitol Hill to join the Biden administration as secretary of Housing and Urban Development earlier this year. 

The seat is heavily Democratic, making the primary consequential. The race has divided Democrats on Capitol Hill, with Turner gaining the endorsement of progressive favorites including Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFranken targets senators from both parties in new comedy tour Pelosi says House members would not vote on spending bill top line higher than Senate's Groups push lawmakers to use defense bill to end support for Saudis in Yemen civil war MORE (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezFeehery: The confidence game Democrats face full legislative plate and rising tensions McCarthy on Dems' spending bill: 'The amount of money we spent to win World War II' MORE (D-N.Y.), who stumped for Turner in Cleveland this weekend. Sanders is slated to campaign for Turner later this week. 

Brown, on the other hand, is considered an establishment favorite, garnering the endorsements of former presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty MORE and House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), who will campaign with Brown this week.