Loyalty or loyal opposition? Democrats test fealty to Biden in special elections

In Ohio, rivals accuse Bernie Sanders ally Nina Turner of not being a team player. In Louisiana, Troy Carter brags about having access to the White House.

NBC News

By Henry J. Gomez
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CLEVELAND — Nina Turner, the perpetual public face of Sen. Bernie Sanders' unsuccessful presidential campaigns, once compared voting for Joe Biden to eating a bowl of fecal matter.

Now Turner is a top contender for Congress. And her Democratic opponents hope to differentiate themselves by embracing President Joe Biden, who was elected thanks to the overwhelming support of Black voters like those in Ohio's 11th District, which Turner hopes to represent.

The race is one of several this year that illustrate a division that persists in the Democratic Party: the allies of a president who practices centrist politics against a progressive flank that wants to push him to the left with proposals like "Medicare for All," the Green New Deal and a $15-an-hour minimum wage.

Publish : 2021-04-01 17:11:00

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