Squad member and Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib wins the challenge for her House seat in a rematch against the woman she defeated two years ago in the 13th district in Michigan.
Tlaib, one of the first two Muslim women in Congress, easily secured likely re-election to the 13th District in and around Detroit. Her opponent in Tuesday’s primary was Detroit City Council President President Brenda Jones, who lost by 1 percentage point in 2018 when the primary field was larger. Jones on the same day defeated Tlaib to later fill out the remainder of John Conyers’ term.
Tlaib, 44, will face an underdog Republican candidate in November.
“Let it be known that in the 13th District, just like in communities across our country, we are done with establishment politics that put corporations first,” Tlaib said in a victory statement. “If I was considered the most vulnerable member of the Squad, I think it’s safe to say the Squad is here to stay, and it’s only getting bigger.”
Tlaib said her win was an endorsement for progressive policies, such as “Medicare-for-All” and a Green New Deal.