Shontel Brown, who stuck close to Biden, wins Democratic primary for House seat in Ohio, AP projects

Nina Turner, a former state senator backed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, conceded in the special election primary to represent Ohio’s 11th Congressional District.

8/4/2021 5:51:00 AM

Shontel Brown, who stuck close to President Biden, wins Democratic primary for House seat in Ohio, AP projects; Nina Turner, who was backed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, conceded in the special election primary to represent Ohio’s 11th Congressional District.

Nina Turner, a former state senator backed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, conceded in the special election primary to represent Ohio’s 11th Congressional District.

while dividing national Democrats along ideological lines.Brown, whose victory was projected by The Associated Press, defeated Nina Turner, a former state senator known nationally for her work on Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaigns."Don’t leave this place sad,” Turner, who conceded shortly after 10 p.m. ET, told supporters gathered at a bowling alley in Maple Heights. “Don’t leave this place depressed. I want you to leave this celebration more resolute, because we still have more work to do.”

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For months, the race had been Turner’s to lose, given her broader fundraising base and early lead in polling. Brown, a Cuyahoga County Council member who also chairs the county’s Democratic Party, caught up in the final weeks as outside groups helped her close the money gap and both candidates invited national surrogates to campaign in the district.

Given the heavy Democratic makeup of the Ohio 11th, Brown is the overwhelming favorite to win the November general election against Laverne Gore, who won Tuesday’s Republican primary, the AP projected. Brown, 46, would succeed former Rep. Marcia Fudge, her political mentor, who serves in the Biden administration as secretary of Housing and Urban Development. headtopics.com

“As essentially the next member of the 11th Congressional District, the next member of Congress, I can walk in the door with good relationships,” Brown, standing alongside Fudge’s mother,.“I get the recognition,” Brown said, “but this was a collaborative partnership of the community.”

Eleven other Democrats sought the seat, but none had the resources that Brown, Turner and their allies did.Turner, 53, spent the primary’s closing days campaigning across the district's Northeast Ohio footprint with Sanders, I-Vt., and other liberal firebrands, including Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and political activist Cornel West. Brown, meanwhile, held events with top members of the Congressional Black Caucus, including Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C.

The involvement of Sanders and Clyburn created the aura of a national proxy war and revived the tensions of Democratic battles in 2016 and 2020: the establishment vs. the progressive left. Biden allies are counting on a Brown victory to bolster their case for pragmatism, especially after wins by more moderate or centrist Democrats this year in a special congressional election in Louisiana and in the Virginia gubernatorial and New York City mayoral primaries.

It was Clyburn whose endorsement of Biden last year helped him win the pivotal South Carolina primary and outlast Sanders in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. He and others cast Brown as a loyal ally of the Biden administration, the suggestion being that Turner would look out more for herself or “the squad” — the group of progressive House members led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, who backed Turner. headtopics.com

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Outside groups backing Brown were even more explicit about the contrast. The Democratic Majority for Israel PAC spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on local TV, including an ad that emphasized the time Turner equated voting for Biden to eating fecal matter.

State Rep. Kent Smith, a Brown supporter and Democratic leader in the Cleveland suburb of Euclid, said last week: “Democrats control the House, Senate and presidency. Shontel Brown is going to come in there as one of 220 Democratic voices in the House, but because of the bridges that she's built already with Clyburn and with Kamala Harris and other significant Democrats, they’ve already got her phone number. I’m not sure Nina's calls are going to get returned.”

Fudge, whose Cabinet post makes endorsements tricky, did not endorse in the race, but her mother starred in a TV ad for Brown — a message that carried little subtlety.Brown also scored an endorsement from Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president in 2016, whom Sanders and Turner worked against. Turner, at the time a top Democrat in Ohio, had been among those initially encouraging Clinton to run, but she abruptly defected to Sanders. After the party nominated Clinton, Turner briefly entertained

an invitationto join Jill Stein on the Green Party’s national ticket as a candidate for vice president.Turner and her allies tried to turn Brown’s loyalty against her, framing her as a go-along-to-get-along politician. A particularly nasty Turner campaign ad in the final days attacked Brown’s ethics as a County Council member and asserted, without evidence, that she was under investigation. Turner’s supporters also argued that the district needed someone who would be more comfortable pushing Biden and the Democratic leadership in Congress to move more aggressively to address poverty, health care, gun violence and other issues. headtopics.com

“It is a very bad idea to say we just want somebody who's going to do whatever the president says, even if you love the president,” Ellison said Saturday at a get-out-the-vote event — headlined by Sanders — that drew 900 people to a concert hall in Cleveland.

The 11th District race was one of two special House primaries in Ohio on Tuesday. Read more: NBC News »

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Joe Biden open the border with Mexico and now everyone is getting sick thank the democrats if you get sick 😷 THANK GOD....NO MORE ANTI-SEMITIC BERNIECRAT SQUAD MEMBERS....EVAH Shontel funneled millions to her boyfriend and supports the genocide of Palestine. Turner would have become another mouth. Another elected official fitting the good ol' Democrat model yet again, I see

You guys mean, 'Shontel Brown, who took millions of dollars from Israeli lobbyists and is being investigated for giving her boyfriend government contracts, beat Nina Turner, a candidate who didn't do those things' Corrupt AF. Garbage Maybe next time. Nina ran an incredible campaign Right. She was backed by the winner. ninaturner was backed by the loser. Takes a special kind of brain to bring in sanders who lost by a lot in Ohio. DUH

Shontel Brown poised to win Ohio Democratic special primaryCuyahoga County Council member Shontel Brown is set to win the Democratic special primary in Ohio's 11th Congressional District after her opponent Nina Turner conceded Tuesday night. Dark Money always wins unfortunately I would sure love to see you at my premiere tomorrow. It's at 12 noon. See you then.

The establishment Democrat's Iron Throne, OH-11, is once again at peace. Good one Real experience lost and loses in Afghanistan as 8,000 troops get redeployed charging you for it Sorry Ohio you get more establishment politics also. The kind that kills people. Words. Matter. No mention of the corporate and GOP donations to Shontel or to you, right?

Lmfao Yes! Yeeeessssss I'd like to congratulate the Republicans and corporations that donated to Brown's campaign on this win! The Republicans have acquired more power in the House thanks to this! Well done everyone!

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rethe125 This was the correct choice. The midterms are going to be challenging enough without running a firebrand like Turner. If Republicans take 5 House seats, The House is their's. Big win for corporations tonight Yay, another fucking republicrat. Everything we don't need. Inb4 lefties say that the CIA hacked the election to keep capitalism alive 😬

The voters “spoke” when they elected sinema and look at how much regret there is now especially by her donors, it seems like impressionable and trusting people are wip lashed the easiest. Shontel browns “progressiveness” will be tested when we see how she votes on bills. Americans want life to be difficult and the vast majority of you would rather have someone who fits a role rather than an actual leader. Liberals care too much about perception and other small intangible factors which continually leads to sheep voting for a corporatists.

'Stuck close to Biden?' Heard she took$ fr major Trump donor. Tho guess that's no different? This was about Wall St trying to defeat a real People's candidate - Nina Turner. Now you have a race w/2 corrupt Rep's so at least 1 can win. If I were in OH-11, I wldn't vote for either. Shontel Brown, a current Cuyahoga County Council Member & county Democratic Party chair, is facing a potential ethics probe for her past work supporting millions of dollars in contracts awarded to companies run by her partner & campaign donors.

Good we don’t need another loud mouth progressive right now . Although i like most of their policies.

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I hate the results but its just the reality. Even if its due to negative DMFI Ads the people saw the Ads and it convinced them. I hold out hope for the future that democrats will actually push for real change, but the voters have spoken. Oh for fucks sake. Congratulations to TheDemocrats OH11. 🙄Maybe if you fought the GOP & Sens. Manchin & Sinema as hard as you fight progressives like Nina Turner, we'd have a 60+ filibuster-proof Senate majority by now. WednesdayThought

Umm...Nina Turner didn't exactly *concede*--she THREATENED. And that's why I'm so glad Shontel Brown won. ShontelMBrown, congrats! “who stuck close the Biden” lol the framing I was told about Miss lisa, however i didn't know whether I could see any change in my life. Be that as it may, everything happened like a wonder I invested $880 and got my payout of $8,827 from her platform lisafxpro

Ohio is a republican state. If Ohio was a blue state, Nina would've won. Republicans helped Biden get elected. I feel that he is loyal to them for that reason. Also, I feel that Biden and certain republicans have there own agenda. It's that simple!! Why do these progressives keep conceding? ohio really fucked this one up lol

HELL YEAH!! Nina Turner sucks

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Shontel Brown poised to win Ohio Democratic special primaryCuyahoga County Council member Shontel Brown is set to win the Democratic special primary in Ohio's 11th Congressional District after her opponent Nina Turner conceded Tuesday night. Dark Money always wins unfortunately I would sure love to see you at my premiere tomorrow. It's at 12 noon. See you then.