‘Squad’ Could Go Down In Elections

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., left, joined by Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., listens during a House Oversight and Reform Committee meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. In tweets Sunday, July 14, 2019, President Donald Trump portrays the lawmakers as foreign-born troublemakers who should go back to their home countries. In fact, the lawmakers, except one, were born in the U.S. He didn’t identify the women but was referring to Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley, Tlaib and Ilhan Omar. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

At a glance

  • Democrats elected their political future in 2018. Now, that bench of potential statewideleaders could get wiped out.
  • The last midterm election saw a slate of Democratic rising stars roll into Congress on a wave of anti-Trump resentment and fundraising prowess built on top of that backlash.
  • Now, with a few House terms under their belts, they are prime candidates to run statewide in the future — but first, they must survive their first election that isn’t dominated by former President Donald Trump.

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