Ocasio-Cortez says candidate she backed in Texas Democratic primary 'came closer than anyone imagined'

Ocasio-Cortez says candidate she backed in Texas Democratic primary 'came closer than anyone imagined'
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHispanic Caucus asks for Department of Labor meeting on COVID in meatpacking plants Harris, Ocasio-Cortez push climate equity bill with Green New Deal roots Young minority voters show overwhelming support for Biden: poll MORE (D-N.Y.) hailed Jessica Cisneros after Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) fended off her primary challenge from the left Tuesday evening.

“I am so incredibly proud of Jessica Cisneros. At 26 years old, she ran for office for the first time to offer TX28 new leadership that fights for workers, gender rights,& a climate agenda,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Wednesday. “She stood up to Koch brother money & incumbency, & she came closer than anyone imagined.”

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Cuellar, a seven-term member of the conservative Blue Dog coalition, defeated Cisneros by about 3.5 points. Cisneros received endorsements from Ocasio-Cortez, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money: Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire | Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks | Tax preparers warn unemployment recipients could owe IRS Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure Sanders offers bill to tax billionaires' wealth gains during pandemic MORE (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden VP race is highly fluid days before expected pick Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Senate Democrats push to include free phone calls for incarcerated people in next relief package MORE (D-Mass.), whereas House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCoronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame On The Money: Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire | Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks | Tax preparers warn unemployment recipients could owe IRS Top Democrats say postmaster confirmed changes to mail service amid delays MORE (D-Calif.) and Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerOn The Money: Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire | Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks | Tax preparers warn unemployment recipients could owe IRS Overnight Health Care: Ohio governor tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of Trump's visit | US shows signs of coronavirus peak, but difficult days lie ahead | Trump: COVID-19 vaccine may be ready 'right around' Election Day Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire MORE (D-Md.) backed Cuellar, who also benefited from a major cash advantage.

Ocasio-Cortez also congratulated Georgette Gomez, who advanced to the November ballot for California’s 53rd district under the state’s “jungle primary” system. Gomez will face fellow Democrat and former Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump touts economic agenda in battleground Ohio The Memo: Campaigns gird for rush of early voting Trump's pitch to Maine lobstermen falls flat MORE aide Sara Jacobs to succeed retiring Rep. Susan DavisSusan Carol DavisThe Hill's Campaign Report: Minneapolis protests rock the nation Gloves come off as Democrats fight for House seat in California Warren announces slate of endorsements including Wendy Davis and Cornyn challenger Hegar MORE (D).

“@SDGeorgette is a progressive history-maker who fought Trump’s wall right in San Diego, and would be the first Queer Latina in Congress,” Ocasio-Cortez added.

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