Tlaib wins Michigan Democratic primary

Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibBiden and the new Congress must protect Americans from utility shutoffs Overnight Energy: EPA rule exempts many polluting industries from future air regulations | Ex-Michigan governor to be charged over Flint water crisis: report | Officials ousted from White House after papers casting doubt on climate science Ex-Michigan governor to be charged over Flint water crisis: report MORE (D-Mich.) successfully defended her seat in Michigan’s 13th District on Tuesday, fending off a primary challenge from former Rep. Brenda Jones (D-Mich.). 

The Associated Press called the race for the incumbent on Wednesday morning. Tlaib won 66 percent of the votes cast, with 87 percent of precincts reporting. 

“Voters sent a clear message that they’re done waiting for transformative change, that they want an unapologetic fighter who will take on the status quo and win," Tlaib said in a statement on Wednesday.


"We have a resounding mandate to put people before profits. Let it be known that in the 13th District, just like in communities across our country, we are done with establishment politics that put corporations first," she continued. "If I was considered the most vulnerable member of the Squad, I think it’s safe to say the Squad is here to stay, and it’s only getting bigger." 

Tlaib was seen as the front-runner going into the primary given her lead in fundraising and in the polls. A Target-Insight survey released last month showed the lawmaker with 52 percent support, while Jones trailed at 24 percent support.

In fundraising, Tlaib raised $777,000 during the second quarter, bringing her fundraising total to $2.9 million. Jones, on the other hand, raised $98,000 during the same period, bringing her total to $140,000.

However, Jones defeated Tlaib in the race to replace former Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersBottom line Biden's immigration plan has serious problems Tlaib wins Michigan Democratic primary MORE (D-Mich.) in the district in 2018, and was outspent by her in that cycle as well. Jones served in Congress for just over a month.

Tlaib later defeated Jones in the six-way primary to replace Conyers and Jones when the new term was due to start in 2019. 


The progressive congresswoman gained national attention after she was elected. She is known for being a member of the self-described “squad” of four progressive congresswomen also elected in 2018: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTexas man charged for alleged role in Capitol riots, online death threats to Ocasio-Cortez DC residents jumped at opportunity to pay for meals for National Guardsmen Tensions running high after gun incident near House floor MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarDemocrats poised to impeach Trump again Pence opposes removing Trump under 25th Amendment: reports Pelosi vows to impeach Trump again — if Pence doesn't remove him first MORE (D-Minn.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyBelfast's Troubles echo in today's Washington Federal government carries out 13th and final execution under Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Biden asks Congress to expand largest relief response in U.S. history MORE (D-Mass.).

Tlaib made headlines shortly after she was sworn into office when she called for President TrumpDonald TrumpMore than two-thirds of Americans approve of Biden's coronavirus response: poll Sarah Huckabee Sanders to run for governor Mexico's president tests positive for COVID-19 MORE’s impeachment, telling supporters “we’re gonna impeach the motherf---er.” 

She received notable endorsements from both wings of the Democratic Party ahead of the primary, including progressive Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBoycott sham impeachment Sunday shows - Biden agenda, Trump impeachment trial dominate Sanders: Senate may use budget reconciliation to pass Biden agenda MORE (I-Vt.) and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden attends first church service as president in DC, stops at local bagel shop More hands needed on the nuclear football Sunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to tackle coronavirus MORE (D-Calif.). 

Jones touted her longstanding connections within the Detroit community, pointing to her experience as a member and president of the city council. She was also seen as representative of the city’s large Black population, receiving endorsements from a number of city council members and several prominent Black ministers, including Second Ebenezer Church’s Bishop Edgar Vann.

Tlaib's victory was one of many for progressive candidates in Tuesday's primaries. Progressive Cori Bush won her primary against longtime Rep. Wm. Lacy ClayWilliam (Lacy) Lacy ClayCori Bush dismisses concerns of being 'co-opted' by establishment Rep. Bush calls Trump a 'white supremacist president' on House floor Democrats introduce legislation to strike slavery exception in 13th Amendment MORE (D-Mo.), scoring a stunning upset. Additionally, Missouri voters voted to approve Medicaid expansion, despite objections from Republican leaders in the state.