Former Ohio state Sen Nina Turner was defeated in the House primary for Ohio’s 11th House district by Shontel Brown after a contest that devolved into a proxy fight between the establishment and left wings of the Democratic Party.
The outcome was a painful defeat for the faction of the party aligned with Sen Bernie Sanders, which aligned behind the Vermont senator’s former campaign surrogate against Ms Brown, who was aided by millions of dollars in outside spending by groups and individuals aligned with the party’s right flank.
The end of Ms Turner’s campaign came hours after progressives led by freshman Rep Cori Bush, another Justice Democrat-aligned figure, won a victory on Tuesday by securing a 60-day extension to the federal eviction moratorium, which the White House had previously claimed it lacked the legal authority to issue.
Ms Turner conceded at a watch party Tuesday evening, blaming a massive surge of outside money for her defeat, and pledging to work to stop such outcomes from happening to other progressives.
“The special interests…know that if I had won this race, they would have been on notice”, Ms Turner said. [This race] “was compounded by dark money that only targeted me. That’s a fact”.
“My journey continues”, she added.
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