File – Voters line up in voting booths to cast their ballots at Robious Elementary School in Chesterfield, Va. on Tuesday Nov. 8, 2016. (Shelby Lum/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
UPDATED 9:14 PM PT — Friday, February 21, 2020
Another surge of candidates are running for Congress in the 2020 elections, but this time it appears to be conservatives. According to reports, a record number of Republicans have filed to run for the House and Senate this election cycle.
The surge mirrors that of the 2018 midterms, where more Democrats were running for office compared to previous elections. The current surge in Republican candidates is an apparent response to the election of more radical progressive and socialist-leaning candidates whom Democrats pushed to victory last election.
“I’m a conservative wife, mother, and businesswoman who 100% stands with President Trump and against the left-wing socialists who want to wreck our country.”
— Marjorie Greene (R), congressional candidate – Ga.’s 14th District
Meanwhile, New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced she will be endorsing over a dozen female progressive congressional candidates through her political action committee.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., left, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., listen as U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham testifies during a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
On her Twitter Friday, Ocasio-Cortez confirmed the move is part of her greater push to elect a “progressive majority” to Congress. The congresswoman said the idea behind the move is to “open the door” for political newcomers and “reward political courage” in Congress.
Among her endorsements, AOC is backing several long-shot candidates who are running against Democrats endorsed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.