Congressional candidate Rashida Tlaib and Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones speak during the Michigan Get Out The Vote Rally by the Michigan Democratic Party on Friday, October 26, 2018
Congressional candidate Rashida Tlaib and Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones speak during the Michigan Get Out The Vote Rally by the Michigan Democratic Party on Friday, October 26, 2018
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U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib

Tlaib defeats primary challenger in win for U.S. progressives

Palestinian-American congresswoman beats Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones in what is seen as a referendum on whether Democrats should stick with party's progressive values or steer closer to center; Tlaib so far declined to endorse Joe Biden

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Published: 08.06.20 , 12:06
U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib, one of the most visible progressive Democrats in Congress, claimed victory Wednesday in the Democratic primary election against challenger Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones.
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  • County elections results showed Tlaib with 63,650 votes to Jones’ 32,582 with 89.9% of precincts reporting in the nomination contest.
    אופנהאופנה
    U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib
    (Photo: AP)
    Tlaib, a member of the “Squad” of four progressive congresswomen first elected in 2018, has so far declined to endorse the party’s presumptive nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, for his November face-off with Republican President Donald Trump.
    “Voters sent a clear message that they’re done waiting for transformative change, that they want an unapologetic fighter who will take on the status quo and win,” Tlaib said in a statement.
    The race for the district, which contains Detroit and some of its suburbs, had been a rematch of a close 2018 election that Jones lost by fewer than 1,000 votes.
    Tlaib, 44, born to Palestinian immigrants, was one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress.
    Congressional candidate Rashida Tlaib and Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones speak during the Michigan Get Out The Vote Rally by the Michigan Democratic Party on Friday, October 26, 2018 Congressional candidate Rashida Tlaib and Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones speak during the Michigan Get Out The Vote Rally by the Michigan Democratic Party on Friday, October 26, 2018
    Congressional candidate Rashida Tlaib and Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones speak during the Michigan Get Out The Vote Rally by the Michigan Democratic Party on Friday, October 26, 2018
    (Photo: TNS)
    Tlaib had a fundraising and polling edge over Jones going into the election. But Jones, 60, a prominent politician in the predominantly Black city of Detroit who has endorsed Biden, had the backing of numerous local leaders and the state’s Democratic Black caucus.
    The primary had been seen as a test of whether the Democratic contender for the House seat would stay with the more progressive side of the party or steer closer to its political center.
    Tlaib’s fellow “Squad” member Ilhan Omar, a congresswoman from Minnesota’s 5th District, faces a primary next week.
    טליב ועומאר במסיבת עיתונאיםטליב ועומאר במסיבת עיתונאים
    Tlaib and Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar
    (Photo: AP)
    In New York, a progressive who sought to unseat a veteran congresswoman, Representative Carolyn Maloney, declined to concede after Maloney declared victory Tuesday in her Democratic primary in late June. Challenger Suraj Patel noted that counting had still not finished in the race.
    A Manhattan judge on Monday ruled officials must still count around 1,000 mail-in ballots that did not have postmarks; the state Board of Elections has appealed the ruling, while the city Board of Elections certified Maloney as the winner on Tuesday.
    The mail-in ballots are not expected to change the outcome of the June 23 election in Maloney’s favor, but Patel wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that those voters had been “disenfranchised through no fault of their own” and deserved to be heard.
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