Michigan Democrats hoping for pink and blue wave in November

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News of the attendance of Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, as well as of the other participants, was a fait accompli.

She concluded by saying that with her background, Middle Eastern politics were not exactly at her kitchen table every night, but that she does recognize it is "a very important issue" and she is willing to listen, learn, and evolve on the issue.

"When I won, they said, 'Stay home.' They said, 'Keep it in the Bronx, '" she told a crowd at a progressive Democratic conference in New Orleans Saturday, "But we know better than that".

After Tuesday's primaries across four states - Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington - there were 11 female nominees for governor and 182 for the House of Representatives, the U.S. media reported. But it didn't translate into victory.

She will in all likelihood become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress. John James and Sandy Pensler squared off in a GOP primary for the chance to face Democratic Sen.

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The conservative scrutiny on Ocasio-Cortez took a unusual turn this week when a popular conservative commentator and speaker, Ben Shapiro, challenged Ocasio-Cortez to a debate and offered to pay her campaign $10,000 in return. (Estes narrowly beat Thompson past year in a low-turnout special election.) And Welder will have to beat two strong candidates in the August 7 primary: history teacher Tom Niermann has the backing of a slew of local politicians, and EMILY's List has already pledged to spend heavily to back former Obama administration official Sharice Davids. He has trailed in recent polls.

Democratic House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 28 anni, said late Thursday she will not agree to debate conservative commentator Ben Shapiro after the latter offered to give her campaign $10,000 to do so. Because when you're a jerk just to piss people off, then the natural reaction by people tends to be: 'Well, we need more restrictions on speech. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., during his presidential campaign in 2016.

"The fact that there was so much more attention from the media and the electorate because the Libertarian party was participating in the primary".

Ocasio-Cortez has singled out Thompson's 2017 special election campaign - when he came within less than seven points of beating Estes in a district that went for Mike Pompeo by more than 30 just months earlier - as a model for candidates trying to break through in red regions Democrats were effectively ceding to Republicans. His absence opened him to Ocasio-Cortez's attacks calling him an absentee leader. He credited Republican leaders for helping the state "get off the mat" after a decade-long downturn and said Whitmer would "take us back to a time of shuttered industries, dashed dreams and higher taxes".

"I spent the last nine days, I know it seems like an eternity, but just nine days I was out traveling the country", Ocasio told supporters at an event in NY this week.

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