AOC and fellow progressives lost big in primaries

They did not raise Marx.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her ‘squad’ of leftist allies will return to Congress as mere ‘troubles’ next year, their size and influence dwindling in the wake of Primaries Day, experts say at Post.

“The policies championed by The Squad have never been popular, and candidates who tried to reflect those policies find themselves barred from Congress,” said a senior Democratic Capitol Hill official, who believes the group will become little more than horseflies in a Republican-controlled House in November.

Far-left Democrats – who cheered on defunding police during the George Floyd riots – have taken a beating on multiple fronts.

The biggest loser was fellow AOC Rep. Mondaire Jones, who was forced by a redistricting to abandon his home base in Westchester County to avoid a fight with powerful Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. boss of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

One of the biggest losers was representative Mondaire Jones.
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Jones instead opted to run a carpetbagger campaign in Manhattan and Park Slope – only to lose to Dan Goldman by around 5,000 votes. Goldman, a Levi Strauss heir, sued President Trump in his first impeachment trial.

“Dan won Manhattan very, very easily, which shows there are still plenty of moderate votes south of 14th Street,” said Chris Coffey, CEO of Tusk Strategies.

Jones almost certainly siphoned the votes of State Deputy Yuh-Line Niou – another rising leftist who saw her fortunes derailed, falling short of winning 1,300 votes.

Progressive Senator Alessandra Biaggi was also eliminated.
Progressive Senator Alessandra Biaggi was also eliminated.
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For her part, Maloney easily knocked out State Senator Alessandra Biaggi in their upstate district. The progressive state senator had been endorsed by the AOC.

The two moderate victories also mean that both women will leave their posts in Albany, as neither pursued their former legislative positions.

In Staten Island, former Congressman Max Rose also fired socialist stripper Brittany Ramos DeBarros in the Democratic primary. The centrist Dem will face a much tougher fight to reclaim his old seat from incumbent Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, who ousted him in 2020.

Centrist Max Rose eliminated a Socialist candidate in Staten Island.
Centrist Max Rose eliminated a Socialist candidate in Staten Island.
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The New York results mirror House races across the country where moderates have flexed their muscles against insurgent candidates. In May, Rep. Shontel Brown (D-Ohio) defeated Nina Turner for the second time in a closely watched race that captured national attention. Turner had AOC’s backing, while Hillary Clinton had previously thrown her weight behind Brown.

Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) — the lone pro-life Democrat in the House — cast aside Jessica Cisneros, another AOC-backed rising star. Former Rep. Donna Edwards also suffered a crushing loss to Glenn Ivey in Maryland. Ivey had been the preferred choice of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee – a progressive pet peeve – which spent millions on the race.

“What’s happening is just that the people who vote, the Democrats who actually vote, are significantly more pragmatic than the Democrats who talk,” said longtime Democratic strategist James Carville. “I don’t know how many times voters have to tell these people who they are. You would have thought they learned their lesson in the 2020 presidential primaries.”

Levi Strauss heir Dan Goldman beat Mondaire Jones.
Levi Strauss heir Dan Goldman beat Mondaire Jones.
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Socialists fared better at the state level.

Kristen Gonzalez – who works as a product manager for American Express – has captured a new state Senate seat spanning parts of Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan and boasts major Spanish-speaking enclaves like Sunset Park. Gonzalez was supported by most of the city’s top progressives, including Ocasio-Cortez. She will be the third socialist senator from Albany, joining Sens. Jabari Brisport and Julia Salazar.

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