Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibIlhan Omar to Biden: 'Deliver on your promise to cancel student debt' Who's the boss? Pelosi's legacy sealed after kowtowing to 'the Squad' Democratic civil war hits new heights 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 ConyersThe faith community can help pass a reparations bill California comes to terms with the costs and consequences of slavery Democrats debate timing and wisdom of reparations vote 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-CortezThe Memo: Cuts to big bill vex Democrats Biden, Democrats risk everything unless they follow the Clinton pivot (they won't) Harris takes central role in climate fight MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Democrats address reports that clean energy program will be axed Is Wall Street serving its own interests by supporting China's? Democrats step up pressure on Biden on student loan forgiveness MORE (D-Minn.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyProgressives push back on decision to shrink Biden's paid family leave program Overnight Health Care — Presented by The National Council for Mental Wellbeing — FDA panel advises Moderna booster shot for high-risk people Ilhan Omar to Biden: 'Deliver on your promise to cancel student debt' MORE (D-Mass.).
Tlaib made headlines shortly after she was sworn into office when she called for President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new social media network called 'TRUTH Social' Virginia State Police investigating death threat against McAuliffe Meadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report 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 SandersUnder pressure, Democrats cut back spending The Memo: Cuts to big bill vex Democrats Democrats say they're committed to reducing emissions in Biden plan MORE (I-Vt.) and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Navy probe reveals disastrous ship fire response GOP rep leaves committee assignments after indictment Under pressure, Democrats cut back spending 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 ClayThe FCC must act to promote minority-owned broadcasting Cori Bush hits her stride by drawing on activist past Lobbying world MORE (D-Mo.), scoring a stunning upset. Additionally, Missouri voters voted to approve Medicaid expansion, despite objections from Republican leaders in the state.