In a surprising turn of events, a recent poll has indicated that Congresswoman Cori Bush, a noted member of the “Squad,” is trailing significantly behind her challenger Wesley Bell in the upcoming Democratic primary. Conducted by the GOP-associated Remington Research Group, the poll suggests a 22-point lead for Bell, a former prosecutor, over Bush in the race slated for August 6.
This development raises questions about the political future of one of the most outspoken progressives in Congress, especially regarding her critical stance on the Israeli government and advocacy for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict. Bush’s vocal criticism following the October 7 attack by Hamas, which resulted in significant casualties, has positioned her as a polarizing figure within the Democratic Party, highlighting deep divisions over the U.S. response to the Israel-Hamas war.
Despite the backlash from some constituents in her Missouri district, which encompasses St. Louis and parts of its surrounding suburbs, Bush has remained unwavering in her positions. The district, known for its solid Democratic leanings and a significant African American population, has traditionally supported Bush, making the current polling data particularly noteworthy.
The winner of the Democratic primary is expected to have a substantial advantage in the November general election, given the district’s political composition. This latest poll reflects the shifting dynamics within the Democratic Party and underscores the challenges faced by its more progressive members in navigating complex international issues and their resonance with local constituents.