State Sen. Valerie Foushee has won the Democratic primary in North Carolina's 4th Congressional District to replace retiring Rep. David Price, beating out a more left-wing opponent who proved a virulent critic of Israel while support for it remains high.
Foushee, a veteran of state politics, espouses a liberal platform that would make abortion access a priority, combat racial discrimination, and support policies to address climate change. The Durham-area district is one of the safest Democratic seats in the country, and Foushee will likely sail to victory in November.
ISRAEL HOSTILITY OF DEMOCRATIC HOUSE HOPEFUL HAUNTS NORTH CAROLINA PRIMARY
Her campaign was both helped and hindered by her young opponent Durham County Commissioner Nida Allam's past statements about Israel. A political action committee backed by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee donated to Foushee's campaign, which in turn prompted some people who had endorsed Foushee to withdraw due to AIPAC's support of some Republicans who questioned if President Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 election.
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Allam said in 2018 that she opposed “the dehumanization of Palestinians through the US’ tireless support of Israel’s illegal colonization & occupation,” eventually apologizing and walking her statements back in December.
Allam joins the list of liberals who were defeated in primaries by more centrist opponents as the party's direction in 2022 and beyond takes shape. She was endorsed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and is the first Muslim woman elected to public office in North Carolina.
Foushee also defeated former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken, who was making his second bid for Congress.