Democrat grandee ousted by far-left political novice

3 young progressives look to topple longtime incumbents in New York’s Tuesday primaries

Landing a major political upset, 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez now finds herself in a bid to become the next representative from NY, after defeating U.S. Rep.

The surprise win for a 28-year-old Latina activist over a 10-term incumbent in a NY congressional Democratic primary Tuesday may simply be down to the differences between the two candidates as people, Rep. Jared Huffman said Wednesday.

Democratic leaders carefully parted ways with her on Wednesday on her support for Medicare for all, and the elimination of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old member of the Democratic-Socialists of America, knocked out machine-boss incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y), who was widely considered a candidate to follow Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as the leader of Democrats in the House of Representatives.

Ocasio-Cortez was relatively unknown before defeating Rep. Joe Crowley, who represented New York's 14th District for nearly two decades and was thought to be a shoo-in as the next House Speaker.

Lopez-Pierre was first flagged by Twitter user Leo Greenberg, who recognized the volunteer as he stood behind Ocasio-Cortez while giving an interview to a local NY reporter.

That would make her one of the youngest members of Congress.




Indeed, his campaign outspent Ocasio's 18-1, and had donations from nearly every corporation you can think of, from Google and Facebook to Morgan Stanley and Bank of America.

Sullivan, who also works in politics, said voters have been desparate for leadership, and Ocasio-Cortez delivers.

"Her campaign has been dynamic and inspiring, and it's about more than one election - it's about building a movement of people standing up and demanding to be heard", Pressley told the Herald.

Ben Dreyfuss, editorial director at Mother Jones, shared a video from Tuesday night and said, "This video of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez realizing she won is my favorite thing in the whole world". "We've got people. They've got money", Ocasio-Cortez said in the ad. She won the primary with 57.5 percent of the vote in a largely ethnic-minority district. "A year ago she was a bartender riding the train", he says. "And you know, in certain seats where it's appropriate, I think that a new leaf could actually mean a lot of opportunity for the party and future". "Because she was a person of color, representing me".

Cynthia Nixon, the actor running to dethrone Andrew Cuomo as New York's governor and also forms part of the "Pink Wave" of female candidates seeking political positions, seems to agree. "It's to say that no individual's civil rights are to be violated".

Greer noted the big differences between Ocasio-Cortez's race and the gubernatorial primary, and said Cuomo's move to the left shows he recognizes the risk of a progressive insurgency, even if he won't admit it. "This is why we must come together". In those districts, including the 14th, winning the primary is really tantamount to winning the election, so for all intents and purposes she is the next Representative for New York's 14th District.

"I always felt like we had a shot and that we had a possibility to win". A socialist was elected in a NY primary, becoming the Democratic Party's candidate for Congress.

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