Only two candidates endorsed by Ocasio-Cortez win primaries

10 Août, 2018, 06:39 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • Abdul El Sayed has been endorsed by Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez

Former President Barack Obama released a slate of endorsements last week that seemingly leaned more establishment than progressive.

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez didn't lay out a specific plan detailing where the funds for Medicare for all would come from but criticized spending on war and tax cuts.

Gretchen Whitmer has won the Democratic nomination for MI governor, besting two competitors to advance to the November race to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. Rick Snyder. She beat Abdul El-Sayed, the former director of Detroit's health department, and Shri Thanedar, a wealthy chemical testing executive.

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Whitmer will now go up against Michigan's attorney general, Bill Schuette, in the November general election. Patrick Colbeck and Dr. Jim Hines in the GOP primary. She was considered the favorite due to her political experience and broad support from organized labor and other key groups.

"Gretchen Whitmer is a tough, determined, and proven leader, who will be an unrelenting champion for our middle class as the next Governor of Michigan", Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon said in a statement.

Thanedar, who spent more than $11 million of his own money on the race, surged in public polls as El-Sayed struggled to raise money and Whitmer replaced her campaign manager. The contentious primary season begged the question: Would the Democratic Party bank on a battle-tested liberal politician with existing inroads in the party apparatus, or veer left and elect an inexperienced but optimistic progressive in El-Sayed who proposed sweeping changes?

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