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Members Of ‘The Squad’ Looks To Remain Intact

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Fellow progressive Rep. Rashida Tlaib also seemed poised to win her race

Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cruised to reelection on Tuesday night, according to projections by The Associated Press, despite Republican attempts to put a dent in their progressive campaigns.

The three are all members of the self-described “Squad” of lawmakers swept to victory in the 2018 midterms and who have since built varying national profiles. The election for the fourth in their group, Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, had not yet been called early Wednesday though she was leading in the partial count.

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Omar defeated a well-funded Republican challenger, Lacy Johnson, who was endorsed by President Donald Trump in May.

Ocasio-Cortez, 31, meanwhile, bested her Republican challenger John Cummings, a 60-year-old Catholic high school teacher who raised more than $10 million.

And Pressley was victorious in a race where she faced only the independent candidate Roy Owens, a pastor.

As The New York Times reports, Ocasio-Cortez — better known on social media as the mononymous “AOC” — brought in more than $17 million in campaign contributions. That haul led to speculation that the y… (Read more)

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