In a surprise announcement, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has revealed 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 concerned 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.
Despite speculation that AOC was considering a Senate run, her spokesperson Lauren Hitt told Politico that the representative is “not planning” on running for Senate in 2024 and will not be primarying Gillibrand.
This announcement also means that no prominent challenger has emerged to take on Gillibrand, who announced her re-election bid earlier this year.
While some progressives may be disappointed that AOC will not be taking on the establishment in the Senate, this decision is a smart 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.
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