The upset of the veteran congressman from St. Louis sent tremors though the Democratic establishment in Missouri and Washington, D.C.
ST. LOUIS — Cori Bush, a progressive activist and a leader of the swelling protest movement for racial justice, toppled Representative William Lacy Clay Jr. of Missouri in a Democratic primary on Tuesday, notching the latest in a stunning string of upsets against the party establishment.
Ms. Bush, 44, had captured nearly 49 percent of the vote by late Tuesday evening compared with 45.5 percent for Mr. Clay, according to The Associated Press. She had tried and failed to unseat Mr. Clay in 2018, but this year rode a surge in support for more liberal, confrontational politics within the Democratic Party amid the coronavirus pandemic and the national outcry over festering racial inequities.
Ms. Bush’s victory, which came on the same night that Missouri voters decided to expand Medicaid eligibility, was a significant milestone for insurgent progressive candidates and the groups, like Justice Democrats, that have backed them across the country. It showed that the same brand of politics that has helped young, liberal candidates of color unseat veteran party stalwarts in places like Massachusetts and New York could also resonate deep in the heartland against a Black incumbent whose family has been synonymous with his district for decades.
but at least her Assad-apologist ass is out of government
Tulsi Gabbard is history. Kai Kahele just defeated her in the Hawaii primary. Good riddance. We’ll still have to see her every now and then in her inevitable role as Fox News personality, but at least her Assad-apologist ass is out of government.
State Sen. Kai Kahele (D), an active National Guard member, won the primary in Hawaii’s 2nd District on Saturday in the race to replace retiring Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D).
Kahele won the four-way primary with 76.5 percent of the vote after 68 percent of precincts had reported, according to The Associated Press.
He will face Republican Joe Akana in November.
Tulsi Gabbard is not a Democrat (that means she wasn't running in the Democrat primary for Kai Kahele to have defeated her) and is in fact retiring!
It makes me mad though about the progressives dismisses of those who have been in the fight for civil right for the long haul being dismissed.
She got her ass beaten from public service - both her 2nd district seat and her presidency dreams were taken from her.
Tulsi Gabbard announces 2020 Congressional retirement
And you and coldjoint and people who think Donald Trump is a good President
.....and, how do they know it? Because Donny told them so.........<sigh>
Covid is a speed bump