by WorldTribune Staff, August 8, 2018
The Aug. 7 primaries in several Midwestern states was “a fantastic night” for mainstream Democratic Party leftists – and a nightmare for far left socialists.
Six weeks after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stunned Rep. Joseph Crowley in New York, “signs of a tea-party-like movement in the Democratic Party that would throw winnable races to far-left candidates appear to be fading,” The Washington Post noted.
The three candidates the socialist Ocasio-Cortez campaigned for all lost – badly – in the Aug. 7 primaries.
In Michigan, Ocasio-Cortez-backed candidate Abdul El-Sayed lost to former state senator Gretchen Whitmer in the race for the Democratic nomination for governor. Whitmer won 51.8 percent of the vote, compared to 30.5 percent for El-Sayed.
In Michigan’s 11th Congressional District, Ocasio-Cortez-backed candidate Fayrouz Saad captured only 18 percent of the vote in a five-way race.
In Missouri’s 1st District, Ocasio-Cortez-backed Cori Bush lost her primary to William Lacy Clay, 56.7 percent to 36.9 percent.
In Kansas’s 3rd Congressional District, Bernie Sanders-backed labor lawyer Brent Welder was defeated by attorney Sharice Davids.
“This is a fantastic night for centrist Democrats,” said Jim Kessler, senior vice president for policy at the center-left Third Way think tank. “We nominated the right candidates who can win House seats and governor’s mansions for the Democratic Party. There’s a quiet enthusiasm in the middle. There’s a quiet voice that people are not hearing in the media, but it’s loud at the ballot box.”
Eleven more states will hold primaries before the November midterms, with many of them featuring battles between the centrist and left wings of the Democratic Party.
On Aug. 9, two days before Hawaii’s primaries, Ocasio-Cortez will speak in the state on behalf of Kaniela Ing, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America who is running for the House.