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-CortezFive things to watch in two Ohio special election primaries Biden, Pelosi struggle with end of eviction ban Top House Democrats call on Biden administration to extend eviction moratorium 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 SandersFive things to watch in two Ohio special election primaries This week: Senate starts infrastructure sprint Senators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session MORE (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenAmerica's middle class is getting hooked on government cash — and Democrats aren't done yet California Democrats warn of low turnout in recall election Pelosi disputes Biden's power to forgive student loans MORE (D-Mass.), whereas House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Average daily COVID infections topped last summer's peak, CDC says | US reaches 70 percent vaccination goal a month after Biden's target | White House says CDC can't renew eviction ban Biden, Pelosi struggle with end of eviction ban Co-workers called FBI after alleged Capitol Hill rioter bragged about Jan. 6, officials say MORE (D-Calif.) and Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerHouse bundling is bad for deliberation CBC presses Biden to extend eviction moratorium Top House Democrats call on Biden administration to extend eviction moratorium 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 ClintonFive things to watch in two Ohio special election primaries Clintons, Stacey Abrams meeting Texas Democrats Biden says Russia spreading misinformation ahead of 2022 elections MORE aide Sara Jacobs to succeed retiring Rep. Susan DavisSusan Carol DavisOvernight Defense: Congress recommends nuclear arms treaty be extended | Dems warn Turkey | Military's eighth COVID death identified Bipartisan congressional task force recommends extending nuclear treaty with Russia The Hill's Campaign Report: Minneapolis protests rock the nation 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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