Progressive challenger Corey Bush defeated Racy Lacey Clay in the primary


On the left, the result is evidence that they can translate the momentum from their victory in the New York primaries earlier this month. But it will intensify the quarrels between liberals and CBC leaders, who have forcefully prevented challenges against their members.

The Black Caucus successfully defended two other Incumbents from progressive opponents earlier this year: Reps. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio) and Yvette Clarke (DN Y.). CBC members rallied around Clay, hoping to use this primary as another opportunity to overcome future challenges.

But Bush, who participated in the protests in Ferguson in 2014 after the police firing of an unarmed black man. Made her activism the focal point of her 2020 campaign.

“We have been called radical, militant. We have been dismissed as an unlikely fringe movement,” she said during a victory speech Tuesday night. “But now we are a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-generational, multi-faith mass movement united in the demand for change, in the demand for accountability, our police, our government, our country recognizes that black Life really matters. “

Clay is the seventh incumbent to fall in the 2020 cycle – and second on Tuesday after the rape. Steve Watkins (R-Kahn) is trended by his GOP Challenger. Bush’s victory represents the end of an era; The Clay family has held the first district of Missouri since 1969. Clay was first elected in 2000 with his father, former Rep. Bill Clay (D-Mo.), Co-founder of the Black Caucus.

Bush drew a wave of progressive euphoria generated by the victory in New York’s primaries, where Jamal Bowman, a middle-school principal supported by Justice Democrats, ousted Eliot Angle (DN.Y.), the chairman of House Foreign Affairs, and two others Progressivists won open seats. In the city and its suburbs.

Bowman supported Bush, who said in a pre-primary interview that he saw an increase in donations and volunteer interest following the victories that helped him in the final weeks.

“Corey is the fifth challenge supported by the Judiciary Democrats to unite the innocent. In a statement, the group’s executive director Alex Rojas said he agitated through pepper spray and riotous police in the streets of Ferguson. “His unwavering pursuit of tenacity and justice is in dire need in Congress today.”

Clay took the threat seriously, dropping negative mailers and running a TV ad that prompted Bush to take a $ 22,000 salary from his campaign in the second quarter. And he converted Bush $ 744,000 to $ 570,000 by mid-July.

But at least $ 250,000 was owed on TV by the incumbent Bush and his allies. Justice Democrats and a new group, Fight Corporate Monopolis, aired TV ads on her behalf.

And Bush had also seen his profile rise since his first run in 2018. She served as a surrogate for Sanders’ 2020 campaign and was featured in the Netflix documentary “Bringing Down the House” with Ab-Rape. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – Both picked up their name ID. Sanders raised funds for her herself and participated in livestream events with her campaign.

Ocasio-Cortez is a personal friend of Bush, who supported and campaigned with him in St. Louis in 2018. But Ocasio-Cortez, who serves on a committee with Clay, refused to endorse Bush this time, a sign of politics surrounded by challenges. Of sitting.

Bush’s victory comes at the end of the 2020 primary season, but is certain to drive Black Caucus leaders ahead of the 2022 cycle, when the House race is run under redistricted congressional lines.