AOC-backed Nina Turner loses Ohio House primary challenge to Democratic establishment candidate

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

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

Both 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 of the establishment backing in the race while Turner, a top surrogate for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns, was backed by many on the left.

Democratic 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)

Democratic 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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The victory for Brown in the Cleveland-based district is a loss for Ocasio-Cortez, who has an effective record of endorsing Democratic primary challengers.

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

But Turner won’t have that chance in 2022.

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Brown previously beat Turner in a 2021 special election primary to fill the seat of former Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, whom Biden chose as his Housing and Urban Development secretary.

Ohio’s 11th Congressional District is generally considered a safe Democratic seat.

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