Candidate Backed by Ocasio-Cortez Loses in Hawaii Primary

By Bowen Xiao

Another candidate endorsed by Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has lost his bid to represent Hawaii’s 1st congressional district on Aug. 11 after a number of similarly endorsed candidates were defeated in their respective races.

Twenty-nine-year-old Kaniela Ing, a fellow member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) who was born and raised in Hawaii, came in fourth place in a seven-candidate race.

According to the latest data from Ballot Pedia, Ing amassed 7,531 votes, or 6.3 percent of the vote. In contrast, Ed Case, who won the candidacy, gained 47,482 votes, or 40 percent of the total vote. Case will be facing Republican nominee Cam Cavasso, a former state representative, in the upcoming general election.

The defeat was the latest blow to Ocasio-Cortez who defeated long-serving Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) on June 26, in a surprising upset in New York. The Bronx-born candidate has tried to capitalize on her newfound spotlight by endorsing a slew of other like-minded candidates in hopes of pushing her socialist message into the political mainstream.

In a statement after his loss, Ing wrote that “Campaigns end, but movements don’t we won’t stop the FightForAloha,” in an Aug. 12 Twitter post.

In the past few weeks, Ocasio-Cortez has campaigned for Ing both in person and through her social media.

“This isn’t just about electing Kaniela to Congress,” she wrote in an Aug. 9 Twitter post. “It’s about building and supporting a generation of leaders that will save our planet and fight for economic and social dignity for decades to come.”

Days ago, in some of the primary elections that occurred on Aug. 7, three out of five hopeful candidates endorsed by Ocasio-Cortez were defeated by their Democratic opponents (a number of other progressives she has endorsed have not yet begun their primaries).

From The Epoch Times

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