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Pro-Israel Democrat wins Ohio primary with help from Jewish groups

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Cuyahoga Councilwoman and congressional candidate Shontel Brown speaks during a Souls to the Polls rally at Sanctuary Baptist Church on August 1, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Michael M. Santiago / Getty Images / AFPCuyahoga Councilwoman and congressional candidate Shontel Brown speaks during a Souls to the Polls rally at Sanctuary Baptist Church on August 1, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Moderate Shontel Brown pulls off upset against progressive opponent Nina Turner

Shontel Brown won a special election primary Tuesday in Ohio’s heavily Jewish 11th Congressional District with the assistance of a major pro-Israel political action committee.

The Associated Press called the race for Brown.

The Cuyahoga County councilwoman came from behind to defeat Nina Turner, a former state senator who co-chaired the 2020 presidential run of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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The race was watched closely as an indicator of the Democratic Party's direction with a resurgent progressive wing challenging the party's moderate leadership led by US President Joe Biden.

The Democratic Majority for Israel (DMFI) backed Brown from the start of the race, spending some $2 million on her campaign.

“This is a tremendous victory, not only for Councilwoman Brown personally, but also for the pro-Biden-Harris, pro-Israel majority in the Democratic Party,” DMFI PAC president Mark Mellman said.

The Jewish Democratic Council of America and the nonpartisan PAC, Pro-Israel America, also endorsed Brown.

During her victory speech, Brown thanked "my Jewish brothers and sisters" and expressed support for the US-Israel relationship.

Brown has visited Israel and spoke at a pro-Israel rally in Cleveland in May during Israel's conflict with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, condemning Hamas rocket fire into Israeli territory.

She supports a two-state solution and opposes the BDS movement and making aid to Israel conditional