Dem Rep. Brown crushes AOC-backed challenger Nina Turner in primary

Democratic Rep. Shontel Brown (OH), who won last November’s special election, crushed her main far-left challenger, Nina Turner, according to to The Associated Press at 10:22 p.m. EDT.

Brown appeared to protect his newly won seat Tuesday night from Turner after winning the special election for Ohio’s 11th congressional district last November when the two faced off before. At the time the race was called, Brown had 63.4% of the vote compared to just 36.6% for Turner.

The special election was originally scheduled to fill the seat vacated by the former representative. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), who resigned to become President Joe Biden’s housing and urban development secretary.

The district was heavily tilted toward the Democrats, for whom this election was a battle between far-left candidates and traditional party brokers.

Brown has not been to Congress and has the advantage of campaigning with members such as South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, the longest-serving black congressman and majority whip, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY). It was also endorsed by President Biden.

But Brown’s colleagues in the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Capitol Hill’s most radical group of members, reportedly questioned the incumbent’s endorsement. Ultimately, Brown did not receive the endorsement but is “in good standing” with the caucus, according to the group’s sole leader, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA).

By comparison, Turner received a belated endorsement from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and served as the top surrogate in Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) failed presidential campaigns in 2016 and 2020. In doing so, Sanders, as well as many high-profile left-wing activist groups, Turner endorsed.

This “upset second down” for Turner will no doubt be a blow to the far-left base, as Brown goes through the primary.

Jacob Bliss is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at or follow him on Twitter @JacobMBliss.


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