Marjorie Margolies in Washington, D.C., in 2011.
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Clintons’ in-law, Marjorie Margolies, loses Congressional seat


Just because you have Bill and Hillary Clinton stumping for you, a victory is not guaranteed.  

Marjorie Margolies, whose son is married to the Clintons’ daughter, Chelsea, did not succeed in winning back her old House seat representing the Philadelphia suburbs. On Tuesday night, she lost to state Rep. Brendan Boyle, according to the Associated Press.

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Margolies was the only candidate Hillary Clinton – who is considering a bid for the Oval Office – campaigned for this election cycle. Former President Bill Clinton starred in a television advertisement for Margolies as well.

“If you send Marjorie to Congress, she’ll make you proud, she’ll vote right,” he declared in the ad. Margolies was defeated in a bruising midterm election for Democrats in 1994, a result of casting the deciding vote for then-President Clinton’s 1993 budget.

Margolies was in a four-person race with Boyle, state Sen. Daylin Leach and Dr. Val Arkoosh.

In a concession speech Tuesday night, Margolies emphasized the importance of having women candidates on the ballot. “I just want to tell all of you … how important it is to make sure that women get to the table,” she said. “When we are not there, we’re on the menu.”

Boyle is expected to go on to win the general election in the reliably-blue district. 

Brendan Boyle, Marjorie Margolies and Pennsylvania

Clintons’ in-law, Marjorie Margolies, loses Congressional seat