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Nina Turner in Cleveland

Ohio congressional candidate Nina Turner listens as she receives support from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on July 24, 2021 in Cleveland. Turner, a former Ohio state senator, is in a tough race in the upcoming Democratic primary for Ohio's 11th Congressional District against candidates including Shontel Brown. (Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

As Progressives Eye Potential 'Jolt of Momentum,' Nina Turner Nabs Women's March Endorsement

"This isn't about Nina versus any opponent; this is about the people versus big money."

Andrea Germanos

Progressive firebrand Nina Turner was endorsed on Tuesday by the Women's March, a development that came a week out from the special Democratic primary in Ohio's 11th Congressional District.

The endorsement was first reported by The Hill, which said the announcement was released by the group's super PAC, Women's March Win.

According to The Hill, the announcement marks "the group's first-ever electoral endorsement." It will likely not be the last, however. Women's March executive director Rachel O'Leary Carmona—who called Turner "phenomenal"—told the outlet her group is eyeing "contentious races like this as progressives and Democrats really are grappling with what it looks like to build out the future that works for all Americans."

Turner, a former member of the Cleveland City Council, Ohio state senator, and a national co-chair for the 2020 presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), has already been endorsed by a number progressive groups in her bid for the seat left open by former Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, who now leads the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Groups including Justice Democrats, MoveOn, and the Sunrise Movement point to Turner's platform, which includes a Green New Deal and Medicare for All, as the kind of transformative change the nation needs.

Progressive and left-leaning members of Congress have also thrown their support behind Turner.

That group includes Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). Speaking at a Cleveland rally on Saturday to campaign for Turner, Ocasio-Cortez framed the Ohio race in broad terms. "This isn't about Nina versus any opponent; this is about the people versus big money," she said.

Sanders is set to headline a get-out-the-vote rally for Turner on July 31.

The Democratic establishment, meanwhile, has been throwing support for Turner's main opponent, Shontel Brown, who's the leader of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party.

Should Turner win the race, it "would infuse progressives with a jolt of momentum, inspiring candidates and donors ahead of a cycle of immense opportunity," Politico reported Tuesday.

"We would send a strong message," Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), a member and former co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus who's endorsed Turner, Politico. "When people see that's a path, we can have more candidates, period."

In a Monday tweet, Pocan suggested individual contributions to Turner's campaign would help "beat back at ugly dark money" that's been dumped into the race to defeat her.

"Don't let the special interests win," Pocan wrote. "She's a good progressive."


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