​Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, the third-ranking Democrat in the U.S. House, threw his support behind Shontel Brown on Tuesday in the race to fill the vacant seat in Ohio\u0026#039;s 11th Congressional District, the latest salvo in the party establishment\u0026#039;s effort to forestall the momentum of progressive firebrand Nina Turner.\r\n\r\n\u0022People are chipping in $5, $10, $27 at a time because they know our grassroots movement cannot be stopped.\u0022\r\n—Nina Turner\r\n\r\nBrown, the leader of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, is Turner\u0026#039;s top opponent in the August 3 special election, which observers have come to view as a proxy battle over key policy issues such as Medicare for All and over the broader ideological direction of the national party.\r\n\r\nA top congressional recipient of pharmaceutical industry cash, Clyburn has long been a vocal opponent of Medicare for All despite polls showing the proposal is popular among his South Carolina constituents.\r\n\r\nDuring an interview on Tuesday, Clyburn \u0022took a swipe at what he called the \u0026#039;sloganeering\u0026#039; of the party\u0026#039;s left flank, which has risen to power with calls for \u0026#039;Medicare for All,\u0026#039; and to \u0026#039;abolish ICE\u0026#039; and \u0026#039;defund the police,\u0026#039;\u0022 the New York Times reported.\r\n\r\nWhile Brown told the Cleveland Plain Dealer earlier this month that she \u0022certainly would be in favor of Medicare for All\u0022 if it reached the House floor for a vote, the Ohio Democrat went on to criticize the proposal in the same interview, characterizing the policy as an attempt to \u0022eliminate employers from providing care for their employees.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022I know when I\u0026#039;m out in the community there are some people who are satisfied with the healthcare they\u0026#039;re being provided,\u0022 said Brown. \u0022I certainly don\u0026#039;t want to be the person to end that.”\r\n\r\nBy contrast, Turner—a former Ohio state senator who served as a national co-chair of Sen. Bernie Sanders\u0026#039; (I-Vt.) 2020 presidential bid—has campaigned as an unabashed supporter of Medicare for All. In a 30-second ad released earlier this month, Turner said she is fighting for Medicare for All on behalf of her late mother, who died at the age of 42 with \u0022no insurance\u0022 and \u0022no money in the bank.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022The poor, the working poor, and the barely middle class should live a good life,\u0022 Turner said. \u0022Wealth should not dictate whether or not you have access to healthcare.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAs the Daily Poster\u0026#039;s David Sirota and Julia Rock wrote Wednesday, corporate lobbyists held a fundraiser for Brown the day after Turner\u0026#039;s ad dropped.\r\n\r\n\u0022Among those headlining the fundraiser was Jerome Murray—a registered lobbyist for the Pharmaceutical Researchers and Manufacturers Association, which has been backing a nationwide campaign to reduce support for Medicare for All,\u0022 Sirota and Rock noted. \u0022The fundraiser was also headlined by a CVS Health lobbyist, as well as seven Democratic lawmakers who have raked in more than $5 million from donors in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors—including two whose top donating sector is the pharmaceutical industry.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Now, U.S. Rep. James Clyburn—one of the Democratic Party\u0026#039;s most outspoken opponents of Medicare for All—is intervening to try to halt Turner’s rise in the polls,\u0022 the pair added.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nClyburn\u0026#039;s endorsement of Brown came two weeks after erstwhile Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton announced her support for the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party chair.\r\n\r\n\u0022First Clinton and now Clyburn,\u0022 tweeted The Daily Poster\u0026#039;s Walker Bragman. \u0022Corporate Democrats really don\u0026#039;t want to see Nina Turner elected to Congress. Pretty good selling point for Nina Turner, honestly.\u0022\r\n\r\nTurner, for her part, has garnered high-profile endorsements from national progressive figures and advocacy groups, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the youth-led Sunrise Movement, and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.\r\n\r\nWhile polling for the contest is scarce, Turner appears to be the frontrunner in the race as she continues to outraise Brown and other contenders by a long shot.\r\n\r\nEarlier this month, a survey paid for by the Turner campaign and conducted by the outside polling firm Tulchin Research found that Turner has the support of 50% of likely Democratic voters in Ohio\u0026#039;s 11th Congressional District. Brown polled at just 15% support, a distant second.\r\n\r\nAnd according to Politico, Turner has raked in $3 million since her campaign kicked off in December. The progressive champion \u0022has some 47,000 donors with an average contribution of $27,\u0022 Politico noted.\r\n\r\nIn the wake of Clyburn\u0026#039;s endorsement of Brown on Tuesday, Turner tweeted that \u0022our campaign is seeing a SURGE in fundraising from donors across the country.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022People are chipping in $5, $10, $27 at a time because they know our grassroots movement cannot be stopped,\u0022 Turner added.\r\n\r\nMarisa Nahem, Turner\u0026#039;s press secretary, announced Wednesday morning that the campaign brought in six figures in donations over just the last 24 hours.