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Ocasio-Cortez celebrates 'squad' primary victories: 'The people triumphed'

Ocasio-Cortez celebrates 'squad' primary victories: 'The people triumphed'
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Rep. 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.) on Wednesday hailed decisive primary victories by members of the “squad,” a group of freshman progressive congresswomen.

The New York Democrat quote-tweeted filmmaker Ava DuVernay, who noted Rep. 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’s (D-Minn.) Tuesday victory against primary challenger Antone Melton-Meaux.

“All that energy and all those dollars wasted, ‘cause these ladies aren’t going anywhere,” DuVernay tweeted.

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“Tens of millions in big money was targeted to unseat 3 of us as ‘safe’ Dems - almost unheard of,” Ocasio-Cortez added. “This is what happens you deeply challenge systems of power and corruption. But the people triumphed.”

Omar herself expressed similar sentiments, tweeting “Despite being outspent by 400%, we: -increased our margin of victory by 9.23% over 2018; Received 92,443 votes — 27,206 more than our 2018 victory; saw 25,000 more voters in #MN05 than in 2018; all with an average donation of $19.18. Organized people beat organized money.”

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In addition to those three victories, the primary season has seen multiple cases of political newcomers mounting successful challenges against longtime Democratic incumbents, the same trajectory Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley followed in 2018.

Jamaal Bowman, a former middle-school principal, defeated Rep. Elliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the 16-term chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, in July. Meanwhile, in August, Black Lives Matter activist Cori Bush defeated 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.), whose family has held his St. Louis-area seat for five decades.