In a surprising turn of events, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has announced that she will not be challenging Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand for her seat in the 2024 elections.
This news comes as a relief to many Democrats who were worried that a primary challenge from the left could weaken the party’s chances of holding onto the seat in the deep-blue state of New York.
Ocasio-Cortez’s spokesperson, Lauren Hitt, told Politico that the representative is “not planning” on running for Senate in 2024 and that she will not be primarying Gillibrand.
This puts to rest the rumors that have been swirling around for months that AOC was considering a Senate run.
This announcement also means that no prominent challenger has emerged to take on Gillibrand, who announced her re-election bid earlier this year. Reps. Jamaal Bowman and Ritchie Torres have both said they do not plan to enter the race.
This news may come as a disappointment to some progressives who were hoping that AOC would take on the establishment in the Senate, but it is a wise move on her part.
By staying in the House of Representatives, Ocasio-Cortez can continue to build her profile and influence and work to advance the progressive agenda she has championed since she first came to Congress.
In the meantime, AOC remains one of the most recognizable members of the House and has $5 million on hand to spend on future campaigns.
This puts her in a strong position to continue fighting for the causes she believes in and to build a movement that can bring real change to America.
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