Is an endorsement smooch from the socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez actually a kiss of electoral death?
For Hawaii congressional candidate Kaniela Ing, the answer was yes, as he became the fourth high-profile endorsee of Cortez to go down in flames in a primary this week, based on returns.
The Hawaii Civil Beat reported in July:
… Ing, who bills himself as a democratic socialist, has seemingly found little traction among local voters in the race to fill the open seat for Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District.
Ing lagged far behind the leaders among likely Democratic voters in the poll.
Another publication indicated Ing came in fourth in a recent poll.
It turns out Cortez’s support did nothing for his chances, and in fact, it may have hurt them.
Returns published by the New York Times show Cortez’s preferred candidate, Kaniela Ing, came in a distant FIFTH in a field of seven candidates.
Ing captured a measly 6.1 percent of the vote, compared to the winner, Ed Case, who won 40.4 percent.
The socialist Cortez pulled off a stunning victory New York’s June primary, and is now attempting to parlay that win into helping other leftists win Democratic primaries — but that’s not quite panning out.
We’ve got about ONE WEEK LEFT until a whole slew of elections come up across the country.
From @KanielaIng & @SaadforCongress to @AbdulElSayed & @CoriBush, it’s time to leave it all on the field.
Check your state primary date & VOTE August 7th + 11th.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) July 31, 2018
Cortez held a whirl-wind tour of the U.S., stumping for Abdul El-Sayed for governor of Michigan, Fayrouz Saad in Michigan’s 11th Congressional District, Cori Bush in Missouri’s 1st District, and was backing Congressional candidate Kaniela Ing in Hawaii.
El-Sayed lost his bid for the Democrat nomination for governor to 51.8 percent to 30.5 percent, according to numbers published by the New York Times.
Saad came in fourth in the five-way race, capturing only 18 percent of the vote.
Cori Bush lost her primary to William Lacy Clay, 56.7 percent to 36.9 percent, the Times results show.
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