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Our Revolution Celebrates Historic Primary Wins for Endorsed Candidates Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ben Jealous, and Others

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Our Revolution today announced that the organization is on pace to claim victory for more than half of its 29 endorsed candidates in Maryland, Oklahoma, and New York. The group seized the moment to remind candidates that the progressive platform is indeed a winning platform. From Medicare for All to immigration reform to a $15 minimum wage, endorsed candidates pledged to adopt and fight for an agenda that centers the needs of working people, not moneyed interests. With almost 600 groups in 49 states and nine countries, Our Revolution members organized to ensure substantive change.

“One of the pillars of the transformative work of Our Revolution is to clear the path to elected office for progressive candidates, who are sometimes non-traditional candidates in that they are more diverse, often first- or second-time candidates, and often overlooked by the traditional democratic establishment,” said Our Revolution President Nina Turner. “For instance, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was a breakout candidate who broke the party’s rules but scored in the minds of primary voters. Like so many of our other endorsed candidates, she chose to embrace progressive values rather than play it safe. Her victory and the success of many of our other endorsed candidates shows us that when we double down on progressive issues, pound the pavement like our life depends on it, we can win change for the people.”

In Maryland, Ben Jealous ran a campaign that centered the needs of working people in the state, promising a bold agenda of real, substantive solutions.

"This victory is a testament to the coalition that we built over the last year," said Ben Jealous. "Our Revolution and dozens of other progressive organizations and unions came together around providing real solutions to real problems and without their help, this would not have been possible. With their help, I'm excited for us to continue talking with Marylanders about fully funding our schools, fixing our broken health care system with a Medicare for All program, and ending mass incarceration."

Our Revolution endorsed candidates have taken a noticeably more progressive stance than most left-leaning candidates. They campaign on typical progressive issues such as Medicare for All, but they also championed issues such as the abolition of Immigration Customs Enforcement, a federal jobs guarantee and other issues of interest to working families and people of color.

“This election cycle, Our Revolution Maryland’s 8,000 members endorsed 160 deeply progressive, passionate citizens running for every office in the state on the issues that matter to working families,” said Bob Muehlenkamp, Chair of Our Revolution Maryland. “For months, they have worked day and night talking to their neighbors about the importance of embracing progressive policies and changing the political landscape in Maryland. We knew we’d be successful on primary night, and Ben Jealous’ primary win provided confirmation that we are on the right path.”

In states across the country, Our Revolution is empowering people where they are to get organized and have a real, lasting effect in their communities. In an atmosphere where the largest checks get the most say, people power remains the tried and true way to transform this nation, ensuring it is a democracy of, by, and for working families. Our Revolution is empowered and backed by hundreds of thousands of members. The political revolution is just getting started.

Our Revolution supports progressive champions at every level of government. By supporting candidates backed by people, not corporations, we are aiming to transform American politics to make our political and economic systems responsive to the needs of working families.