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

New York Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the other members of the “Squad” were re-elected Tuesday, winning their deep-blue congressional districts by wide margins.

The Associated Press has called the races for Ocasio-Cortez, as well as Reps. Jamaal Bowman, D-N.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, D-N.Y., attends a campaign event for New York Governor Kathy Hochul in the Queens borough of New York City on November 8, 2022.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., attends a campaign event for New York Governor Kathy Hochul in the Queens borough of New York City 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 narrowest margin of victory and still led 65%-34% against the Republican challenger Miriam Flisser, with more than 91% of results reported.

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

Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley and Tlaib were the founding members of the “Squad,” which became known as rookie lawmakers after the 2018 election to push 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, D-N.Y., listen during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on July 15, 2019 in Washington, DC

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

TLAIB WINS MICHIGAN DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY, DECLARES SQUAD ‘HERE TO STAY AND IT’S ONLY GETTING 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 primary challenges from moderate candidates earlier this year, they all easily defeated their challengers.

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“To each and every 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 want to show people that our community is beautifully loud and powerful. We will not be silenced.”

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