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Candidates linked to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez got destroyed on Super Tuesday

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AOC's brand of progressivism didn't sell well in Texas or California

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) isn't the only left-wing progressive who lost big this week. Several candidates linked to his fellow democratic socialist comrade, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), were destroyed during Super Tuesday elections throughout the country.

As the DailyWire's Ryan Saavedra pointed out, key Democrats running with Ocasio-Cortez's support got trounced at the ballot box. Among them was 26-year-old immigration attorney Jessica Cisneros, who ran a primary challenge against Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), one of the country's most conservative House Democrats.

Throughout the campaign, Cisneros — who ran with the support of AOC's "Justice Democrats" — ripped Cuellar as "Trump's favorite Democrat" while positioning herself as a progressive alternative to voters in Texas' 28th Congressional District. She also mimicked Ocasio-Cortez's speaking style, describing herself as "a brown girl from the border" who had "a whole community behind her" to "take on the machine."

According to Politico, Cisneros touted endorsements from Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and even championed Ocasio-Cortez's far-left agenda, including "Medicare for All" and the Green New Deal. Cisneros lost to Cuellar, 52% to 48%.

Another defeat in Texas

Another far-left Democrat running under the Ocaso-Cortez banner was Christina Tzintzún Ramirez, who came in a distant third place in the Democratic primary to take on Republican Sen. John Cornyn in November. Ramirez trailed the winner of the Democratic primary, M.J. Hegar, by more than 200,000 votes and 9 percentage points.

Still, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Wednesday that her "heart is also full at the candidacy of @cristinafortx whose race is currently too close to call in the runoff for TX Senate."

Second place finish in California

Another candidate backed by Ocasio-Cortez, Georgette Gomez, qualified for the general election for California's 53rd Congressional District in the San Diego County area. However, Gomez came in second place, trailing establishment candidate Sara Jacobs by 11 points and 12,000 votes.

Gomez, Ramirez, and Cisneros were all endorsed last month by Courage to Change, a political action committee formed by Ocasio-Cortez to help progressive challengers taking on more moderate incumbents and win open seats.

Fox News reported that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) personally campaigned for Rep. Cuellar and described his win over an AOC-backed candidate on Tuesday as a "resounding victory."

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