November 28, 2022
Progressive state Rep. Summer Lee has won the Democratic primary in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District despite aggressive campaigning against her for past anti-Israel statements.

Progressive state Rep. Summer Lee has won the Democratic primary in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District despite aggressive campaigning against her for past anti-Israel statements.

Lee won in the newly drawn and heavily Democratic district that encompasses much of southern and western Pittsburgh. She emerged from a crowded field to replace retiring Rep. Mike Doyle and will face Republican nominee Michael Doyle (no relation to the retiring congressman), who ran unopposed in his primary.

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Lee was endorsed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and nearly every member of the “Squad,” the most progressive voting bloc in the House. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee poured about $2 million into the district to sway the vote for her opponent, Steve Irwin, over concerns that Lee would be an anti-Israel voice in Congress.

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The issue especially hits home in Pittsburgh, which in 2018 saw the worst antisemitic attack in U.S. history when a gunman killed 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue.

A similar dynamic played out in North Carolina’s 4th District, where Valerie Foushee received support from AIPAC because of her more progressive opponent Nida Allam’s past statements about Israel.

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