Mar 11, 2020 - Politics & Policy

AOC on Biden's primary wins: Tonight's a tough night

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez addresses supporters during a campaign rally for Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday. Photo: Brittany Greeson/Getty Images

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told supporters as former Vice President Joe Biden was projected big wins in Tuesday's primaries it had been a "tough night" for her chosen Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Why it matters: "There's no sugar-coating it. Tonight's a tough night. Tonight's a tough night electorally ... [but] never, ever, ever let your heart turn black," Ocasio-Cortez said during an Instagram live broadcast. While Sanders has yet to comment on Biden being projected to win the Michigan, Mississippi and Missouri presidential primaries, Ocasio-Cortez's comments carry significant weight as one of the Vermont senator's highest-profile supporters.

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AOC says she will support Biden if he wins Democratic nomination

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said Thursday she will support Joe Biden if he wins the Democratic presidential nomination during an appearance on NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers."

"I've said throughout this entire process that what is so important that we ultimately unite behind who that Democratic nominee is. I think it's a two-way street. I've been concerned by some folks that say if Bernie's the nominee, they won't support him and the other way around."

The big picture: Ocasio-Cortez, one of the most popular figures on the progressive left, is a key surrogate for Bernie Sanders — and her star power on the trail has triggered speculation that she might seek a presidential bid of her own in 2024.

Rep. Clyburn: DNC should "step in" for Biden after Tuesday's contests

Biden shakes hands with Clyburn on Feb. 26 in North Charleston, South Carolina. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) called for the Democratic National Committee to pave the way for Vice President Joe Biden to win the Democratic nomination on Tuesday, NPR reports.

What's happening: Biden is the projected winner of the Democratic presidential primary in Michigan, the biggest contest of the night, as well as in Mississippi and Missouri. Voters are still casting ballots in Idaho, North Dakota, and Washington.

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Sanders projected to win Northern Mariana Islands Democratic caucus

A woman with an umbrella climbs steps on Mount Tapochau on Saipan Island, one of the Northern Mariana Islands, in the Pacific Ocean. Photo: Yuri Smityuk/TASS

Sen. Bernie Sanders is the projected winner of the Northern Mariana Islands caucus, AP reports.

Catch up quick: AP allocated 4 delegates to Sanders and 2 to former Vice President Joe Biden. Sanders' small win follows Biden's delegate haul across Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri and Idaho.