"I like to think that even though I'm not going to get the opportunity to serve, now we've ignited a belief of what's possible in young people."
Democratic star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has gone all in for progressive candidates, and on Tuesday she lost pretty big.
In the weeks since Ocasio-Cortez toppled 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley to win the Democratic nomination for New York's 14th congressional district, she endorsed at least 11 Democratic candidates who share her democratic socialist agenda. Her stated goal is to prove that left-wing politics can thrive across the United States, even in "Trump country."
"We know that the future of this party, if we are to win again, is to rediscover our soul, is to come home and to realize that we can fight for social, economic, and racial justice for working-class Americans,"
However, Tuesday's results suggest that she does not speak for many Democratic voters. Five of the seven candidates she endorsed
"I like to think that even though I'm not going to get the opportunity to serve, now we've ignited a belief of what's possible in young people," El-Sayed said in his concession speech Tuesday night at Cobo Center in Detroit.
In Missouri's 1st congressional district, Democrat Cori Bush finished a distant second
Ocasio-Cortez did get two victories, which she on Wednesday spun as progress for progressives. Rashida Tlaib got a third of the vote to win the Democratic nomination in Michigan's 13th congressional district. And
We had some major Progressive wins last night:— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) August 8, 2018
✅ @RashidaTlaib won!
✅ @JamesThompsonKS won & made R+20 district R+4
✅ @Bell4STL won, defeated 27-yr incumbent to replace Ferguson DA
✅ Missouri voted down right-to-work by a 2-1 margin pic.twitter.com/nLq7sxATnx
The relatively poor showing by progressives is a reality check to those who want to see the Democratic Party reshaped in Ocasio-Cortez's image. However, it is unlikely to allay the concerns of conservatives, and some moderate liberals, who see the Democrats moving inexorably leftward.
The next Ocasio-Cortez-backed Democrat to be tested is