Ohio Democratic Primary Showcases Party's Divide Over Israel

In recent polls for the upcoming contest in Ohio's 11th Congressional District, centrist Shontel Brown is closing the gap with progressive Nina Turner. The race represents a larger battle for the party's direction

Ben Samuels
Washington
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Ben Samuels
Washington

WASHINGTON – Next week’s Democratic primary for a special House election in Ohio is the latest battleground for the party’s future – and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a key talking point.

The race in the solidly blue 11th District, which includes much of Cleveland and bits of Akron, is between two Black women who represent the party’s dueling centers of gravity. Former State Senator Nina Turner is an outspoken progressive who came to national prominence as a Bernie Sanders surrogate, while Cuyahoga County Council Member Shontel Brown is a leader in the Ohio party apparatus who has strong ties to the Democratic establishment.

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