Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, democratic socialist, beats 10-term incumbent in NYC primary

BREAKING: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old socialist, topples powerful incumbent Joe Crowley

Ocasio-Cortez, who defeated Crowley 58 percent to 42 percent, was working at a Brooklyn cocktail bar in November past year. He is also, as Queens County Democratic Party chairman, a significant political player in New York City who recently helped choose the city Council speaker.

The friend who introduced them, Mina Vahedi (Wheelock'11, '14), says she mentioned Ocasio-Cortez's campaign to her political junkie cousin last summer, who replied, "She has no chance at all". Only about 12 percent voted.

However, she sees the defeat as fitting into a growing movement, linked crucially to the economic concerns of young Americans. She is just 28 years old.

While the candidate said she doesn't favor the "open borders" that President Donald Trump has accused Democrats of promoting, she told Inskeep, "that doesn't mean that we threaten people's lives, it doesn't mean that we kill them. But I think from day one we have had violations of the emoluments clause with the presidency".

"I am female. I am progressive".

Cynthia Nixon, the former Sex and the City star running for NY governor, described Ocasio-Cortez as the "future of the Democratic Party". Sanders congratulated Ocasio-Cortez for taking on "the entire local Democratic establishment" and "demonstrating once again what progressive grassroots politics can do".

"I think there is a real hunger for change on the ground level", Ms. Katz said.

"I'm dating a number of women, and a number of them are Jewish", he added.

Patel ran a tech-savvy campaign, using non-traditional canvassing measures such as reaching voters through dating apps and handing out branded condoms.




And this is the dedication and the importance and value of making sure people had a representative that was coming from [inaudible], that was representing issues that most resonate with them. However, Maloney, who has been in Congress since 1993, won the race.

"His administration is a form of extremism and... we shouldn't be afraid to be very bold and very strong in our values and be very clear-cut in what those values look like in policy and legislation", Ocasio-Cortez said.

In her campaign video, which has been viewed more than two million times, Ocasio-Cortez talks about being a political outsider who wants to create change. Born in the Bronx to a mother from Puerto Rico and a father who died in 2008, she said she knew she could connect with the district, which includes Queens and part of the Bronx. Seventy percent of Ocasio-Cortez's donations were under $200, compared to just 0.78 percent of Crowley's. Bunkeddeko called for bringing more federal dollars to Brooklyn, specifically related to federal housing. Nancy Pelosi as House Minority leader.

To these challengers, Crowley, Maloney and Clarke represented an entrenched political class, who had become complacent with their bygone liberal accomplishments and their traditional bases.

We're going to be hearing the name Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a lot.

In honor of the 28-year-old, first-time politician's triumph, here are five things you should know about congressional candidate Alexandria. Ferguson said the Democratic Party won the majority of American votes in 2016 for a reason and shouldn't stray too far from the mainstream if it wanted to maintain that majority.

On CNN, Ocasio-Cortez spoke further about her opposition to ICE and the Trump administration's immigration policy, under which she said secretive children's detention centers are comparable to black sites run by the Central Intelligence Agency.

"I never really saw myself running on my own", she told NY magazine "I counted out that possibility because I felt that possibility had counted out me".

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