Maybe socialism isn’t going to be such a hot seller after all. It was a tough night for the majority of the candidates who were endorsed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as voters went to the polls for the first major primary day since the 28-year-old former bartender became a media-created superstar.
The upstart hasn’t even managed to win her own congressional race and yet was anointed as the “future” of the Democratic party by DNC Chairman Tom Perez but if Tuesday’s results were an indication of what’s to come, the socialist wing of the party has failed its first road test.
Only two of the aspiring members of her “posse” moved on to the November elections in what has to be a sobering moment for the Democratic Socialists of America who truly believe that this is their moment in history and that they are going to send a message to the party establishment and entrenched pols like Nancy Pelosi.
That message has been received and it now looks like the reports of the ascendant socialists have been greatly exaggerated.
We’ve got about ONE WEEK LEFT until a whole slew of elections come up across the country.
Check your state primary date & VOTE August 7th + 11th.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) July 31, 2018
The one that really had to hurt was Abdul El-Sayed who would have been the nation’s first Muslim governor and who received a lot of attention from both Ocasio-Cortez as well as crusty commie Bernie Sanders, both of whom worked overtime in Michigan only to see their candidate get creamed by Gretchen Whitmer.
The establishment favorite Whitmer beat El-Sayed by over a quarter of a million votes in a race that wouldn’t have even been that close if not for the Dearborn area. It was a crushing loss and there isn’t any way to spin it otherwise considering the amount of personal capital that Bernie and Ocasio-Cortez invested in this particular race.
The liberal Huffington Post was just touting El-Sayed as the fulfillment of Bernie’s “vision” which now appears to have considerably waned and his popularity looks like it has peaked now that he isn’t running against Hillary Clinton.
— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) August 7, 2018
Via The Daily Caller, “Most of the Candidates Ocasio-Cortez Endorsed Lost In The Primaries”:
Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsed several candidates in the primary elections, but three out of five of those competing in the Tuesday races lost.
El-Sayed lost his bid for the Democratic nomination to Gretchen Whitmer, gaining 30.5 percent of the vote to her 51.8 percent.
Saad is currently in fourth place out of five candidates for Michigan’s 11th district, with only 18 percent of the vote with 86 percent of precincts reported.
Cori Bush also lost her bid for the Democratic house seat in Missouri’s 1st district, receiving only 36.9 percent of the vote to William Lacy Clay’s 56.7 percent.
Ocasio-Cortez endorsed congressional candidate Kaniela Ing in Hawaii for the race taking place on Aug. 11.
Ing’s race in Hawaii takes place on Aug. 11, and he is not currently seen as a front-runner. Ing was fined $15,422 in June for campaign spending violations and has been criticized on the campaign trail for claiming a master’s degree that he hasn’t earned.
Two of those who were backed by the dynamic duo managed to win their primaries but will face a tougher task when the real contest takes place as both are too far left to win when their opponent will look like moderates.
For that matter, Ocasio-Cortez still has to win her own election to even get into Congress and she’s not going to be able to fly under the radar as she did when she upset incumbent Joe Crowley back in June. Crowley is running as a third-party candidate and after Tuesday, it’s going to be hard to bet against him.
Let’s face it. Socialism scares people and rightly so, not everyone is as ignorant as the Dems’ progressive base