AOC-backed Nina Turner loses top Ohio House challenge to establishment nominee

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Biden-endorsed Rep. Shontel Brown on Tuesday fended off leading progressive challenger Nina Turner, who was backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The Associated Press called the 11th District primary for Brown, D-Ohio shortly before 10:30 p.m.

Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., and President Biden jumped into the race at the last second. Biden announced his support for Brown last week and Ocasio-Cortez backed Turner on Monday, the day before the primary.

But even before the endorsements, Brown had most establishment support in the race while Turner, a top surrogate for Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaigns in 2016 and 2020, was backed by many on the left.

Democratic presidential candidate Shontel Brown shares a laugh with people at the Bedford Community Center, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, in Bedford Heights, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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Brown’s victory in the Cleveland-based district is a defeat for Ocasio-Cortez, who has a successful record of approval from major Democratic challengers.

She supported Rep. Cori Bush, D-Ohio, who defeated former Rep. Lacy Clay, D-Mo., and Rep. Jamaal Bowman, DN.Y., who unseated former Rep. Eliot Engel, DN. Y. Ocaio-Cortez herself defeated former Rep. Joe Crowley, DN.Y., to enter Congress in 2018.

But Turner won’t be so lucky in 2022.

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Brown previously defeated Turner in a special 2021 election primary to take the seat of former Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, whom Biden chose as secretary of housing and urban development.

Ohio’s 11th congressional district is generally considered a safe Democratic seat.

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