After Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez scored a victory in New York earlier this summer, some predicted that the much-discussed “blue wave” might bring a flood of socialists to office. After Tuesday’s primary result, which followed much campaigning by Ocasio-Cortez and kindred spirit, Bernie Sanders, the tides do not seem to be in their favor.
— Jim Hoft (@gatewaypundit) August 8, 2018
Candidates endorsed by the two avowed socialists fared poorly in races at all levels across the country. Abdul El-Sayed from Michigan, who was on the ticket for governor, fell 20 percentage points behind his Democratic competition, even with both Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez coming out to stump for him.
In Missouri, Cori Bush, who also had the support of Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez, was trounced by Rep. Lacy Clay. Other notable defeats occurred in Kansas, Michigan, and Washington House races where the appeal of the ultra-progressive duo simply couldn’t woo voters.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders rallied last month for two Kansas House candidates — Brent Welder in the 3rd District and James Thompson in the 4th District, how'd that work out?
— Wwtech1 (@Wwtech11) August 8, 2018
Their lack of success can, in part, be attributed to their party’s former standard bearer. Former President Barack Obama released a slate of endorsements last week that seemingly leaned more establishment than progressive. His list included dozens of former administration and campaign officials.
Today I’m proud to endorse such a wide and impressive array of Democratic candidates – leaders as diverse, patriotic, and big-hearted as the America they’re running to represent: pic.twitter.com/gWzalQhFas
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 1, 2018
The only race that the influence of the pair was seemingly a factor for was the race to succeed disgraced Rep. John Conyers in Michigan’s 13th District. Rashida Tlaib won a race, which now means that she will be unopposed in the general election.
A victory would make her — along with Ocasio-Cortez — the only card carrying member of the Democratic Socialists of America to hold a seat in Congress.