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.
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 young lawmaker, 31, may seek higher office in the future.
The congresswomen thanked their supporters in tweets sent out shortly after the results came in.
Ocasio-Cortez, Omar and Tlaib's progressive stances have been lightning rods for the right, including President Trump.
In a tweet endorsing Omar's challenger, he called the Democrat "a disaster." He's also mocked Ocasio-Cortez during recent campaign rallies and questioning whether she went to college.
Ocasio-Cortez, who graduated from Boston College in 2011, tweeted in response that Trump's comments were "classist and disgusting."
“Plenty of people without college degrees could run this country better than Trump ever has,” she wrote. “As much as GOP cry about ‘elites,’ they’re the ones who constantly mock food service workers, people without degrees, etc as dumb."
Ocasio-Cortez, arguably the notable of the foursome, has faced vitriol from conservatives for her leftist politics.
However, the criticism has also crossed over into sexism (much as Omar has faced Islamophobia) — most recently in a verbal attack by Republican Rep. Ted Yoho in July that was witnessed by a reporter who overheard Yoho saying Ocasio-Cortez was a "f—— bitch." Yoho disputed this.
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