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Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, a millennial Democrat and co-owner of an auto repair shop, flipped a traditionally red district, sparking debate about her political classification. Despite progressive views on issues like abortion and LGBTQ+ rights, she also holds conservative views on gun rights and conservation. Her vote against President Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan and support for military aid to Israel sparked backlash. Gluesenkamp Perez argues her decisions reflect her district’s interests, not party lines. Her unique stance has led to a generational ideological debate within the Democratic Party, with some questioning whether her approach could redefine what it means to be a Democrat.

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