Justice Democrats Add to Their Far-Left Ranks

Progressive challenger Cori Bush defeated longtime incumbent Rep. William Lacy Clay overnight in the high-profile Democratic primary in Missouri‘s 1st Congressional District — a race that grabbed national attention as a party fixture and Congressional Black Caucus member tried to fend off a younger activist who came up through the Black Lives Matter movement.

Bush’s 48.9% to 45.5% victory is yet another win for Justice Democrats, the group that backed the successful Democratic primary challenges by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over longtime Rep. Joe Crowley in 2018,  and educator Jamaal Bowman over powerful Rep. Eliot Engel this summer.

“They counted us out,” Bush said after her Tuesday win. “They called me — I’m just the protester, I’m just the activist with no name, no title and no real money. That’s all they said that I was. But St. Louis showed up today.”

The 10-term Clay was defending a seat that’s been represented by his family for more than half a century. The incumbent succeeded his father – the late Rep. William Clay Sr. – who held the St. Louis-area seat for more than 30 years and was one of the founders of the Congressional Black Caucus.

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