AOC, other ‘Squad’ members claim landslide victories in 2022 election

Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the other members of the “Squad” were re-elected Tuesday, driving by a wide margin to victory in their deep blue congressional districts.

The Associated Press has the races for Ocasio-Cortez, as well as Reps. Jamaal Bowman, DN.Y., Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Cori Bush, D-Mo. and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., attends a campaign rally for New York Gov. Kathy Hochul in the borough of Queens, New York, on November 8, 2022.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., attends a campaign rally for New York Gov. Kathy Hochul in the borough of Queens, New York, on November 8, 2022.
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Each lawmaker represents a district that President Biden won by double digits in the 2020 election. Bowman, who represents New York’s 16th congressional district, which includes parts of the Bronx and Westchester County, had the smallest margin to win while still leading by 65% ​​to 34% against Republican challenger Miriam Flisser, with more than 91% of results were reported.

“Thank you to all members of our community and every grassroots supporter for entrusting me with the tremendous responsibility of representing NY-14 in Congress,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a victory message on Twitter. “We do this with small dollars every time. I remain grateful to all of you who are making a new kind of governance possible.”

Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley and Tlaib were the founding members of the “squad” who became known as the new lawmakers after the 2018 election for pushing the Democratic House conference to the left. Bush and Bowman joined the informal group after winning the 2020 election.

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Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y. listen during a press conference at the US Capitol July 15, 2019 in Washington, DC

Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y. listen during a press conference at the US Capitol July 15, 2019 in Washington, DC
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All six are comparatively young among House Democrats and have at times come under fire from the party establishment for championing progressive causes like Defund the Police, which may be popular in their districts but not the rest of the country. As a group, they opposed the bipartisan infrastructure bill favored by President Biden and have opposed compromises on government spending or other progressive priorities.

TLAIB WIN MICHIGAN DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY, TELL SQUAD ‘TO STAY HERE AND IT WILL ONLY GET BIGGER’

Rep. Rashida Tlaib speaks during the Get Out the Vote Rally in Detroit.  Michigan Democrats held a Get Out the Vote Rally for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer with former President Obama ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib speaks during the Get Out the Vote Rally in Detroit. Michigan Democrats held a Get Out the Vote Rally for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer with former President Obama ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
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Although some members of the group faced initial challenges from moderate candidates earlier this year, they easily defeated all of their challengers.

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“To every single volunteer, thank you for protecting people’s right to vote. Thank you for caring enough. Thank you for showing up with joy and love,” Tlaib tweeted Tuesday. “Tonight we’re going to show people that our community is wonderfully loud and powerful. We will not be silenced.”

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