Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Ihlan Omar, considered part of the progressive “squad” of Democratic women, have renewed their seats in the US Congress in Tuesday’s elections after defeating their Republican opponents in different states to those they represent, according to the predictions of the country’s media.
In upstate New York, Ocasio-Cortez has won an overwhelming victory over Republican hopeful John Cummings, a 60-year-old Catholic high school teacher and former NYPD officer, who had tried to condense all the rejection that Occurs among Republicans Ocasio-Cortez for belonging to the more left-wing side of the Democratic Party.
This race for a seat in Congress has become the second most expensive in the history of the country, with 17 million dollars raised by the re-elected congresswoman and 10 million dollars by her opponent.
Through her Twitter account, Ocasio-Cortez has assured that serving the 14th district of New York and “fighting for working class families has been the greatest honor, privilege and responsibility of my life.”
She also thanked the boroughs of the Bronx and Queens “for re-electing me to the House despite the millions spent against us, and for trusting me to represent them once again.”
On the other hand, she has been critical of the loss of Latino votes by the Democrats in the presidential race and has assured that she will not comment much on the results offered so far “because they are still evolving”, but has added that they have been “sounding alarms about Democrats’ vulnerabilities to Latinos for a long, long time.”
For her part, for the state of Minnesota, the Democratic representative Ilhan Omar has also been re-elected by the voters to occupy her seat again, despite the huge amount of funds that her Republican opponent, Lacy Johnson, raised during the electoral campaign .
“Our brotherhood is resilient,” stressed Omar through her Twitter account after the re-election of the four congressmen, after noting that the results of the vote on Tuesday “are not the end, they are only the beginning.” “We are building a movement that sees my struggle intrinsically linked to yours, and sees a world where all workers can be raised up,” he said.
Omar, along with Rashida Tlaib, also reelected by the state of Michigan, were the first Muslim women to win a seat in the United States Congress in the 2016 elections.
Finally, in the state of Massachusetts, the fourth member of the Democratic “squad”, Ayanna Pressley, has also been re-elected for a second term holding a seat in Congress.
In this regard, she has assured through Twitter that “together we have fought for our shared humanity. We have organized. We have mobilized. We have legislated our values”, something for which she says “feel proud.” “I believe in our power. And we are just beginning,” he said.
The “squad” of four female Democrats, all of them minorities, has been harshly attacked by the Republican sector in Congress for belonging to the most progressive sector of the Democratic Party, and even members of their own party have questioned some of their positions. Moreover, they have frequently been attacked with misogynistic insults, and have been the target of attacks by the president, Donald Trump.