So far, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ efforts to remake the Democratic Party into a socialist vanguard through primary challenges to incumbents have come a cropper. However, AOC is making her mark even in defeat, and her losing streak might not last forever. Her latest attempt to unseat Texas’ Henry Cuellar fell short by less than four points, a loss Ocasio-Cortez pinned on “Koch brother money & incumbency.” Cuellar, one of the few pro-life Democrats left in the House (as well as a gun-rights advocate), may have to look over his shoulder the next two years.
Dan Lipinski knows how that feels. The pro-life Illinois congressman narrowly survived a 2018 primary challenge that hit directly on his opposition to abortion. At that time, Marie Newman didn’t have Ocasio-Cortez to rally national support for her fight, but this time around Lipinski might be in real trouble. It’s one of the races to follow tonight, as Lipinski tries to hold onto an otherwise safe seat.
Chicago’s NBC affiliate reported on the race last night: