Congressional primary elections in Ohio test progressive influence, Trump clout

Congressional primary elections in Ohio are throwing Trump clout and progressive influence into the fighting cage.

Two special elections for vacant seats are testing mainstream support; one featuring a Trump-backed Republican candidate and the other a Bernie-backed Democrat. In Ohio’s District 15, Mike Carey has received outspoken support and financial donations from former President Trump. Carey, leader of the Ohio Coal Association, has yet to hold public office. His campaign includes Trump-style selling points, including “American first policies,” and “stop[ing] reckless Democrats.” Meanwhile, in Ohio’s District 11, Nina Turner, a former state senator, is running with support from top socialist figures like Bernie Sanders and Alexandra Ocasio Cortez.

Having worked on Sander’s 2020 presidential campaign, Turner supports Medicare for All and changing “community and police relations.” Previously, Turner was the president of the progressive political action committee, Our Revolution.

The power of influence on the left and right is being put to the test. Currently, the political makeup of the US congress favors Democrat lawmakers. Ongoing races foreshadow the upcoming 2022 elections and the potential impact of popular party figures across the spectrum. 



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Antoinette is a community college student in Sacramento, California. She is a Politics Editor at Fact Based America, a correspondent for Campus Reform, and a student journalist. She previously worked for Turning Point USA as a High School Coordinator.

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