Ocasio-Cortez's high profile spurs fears of Dem rift

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

"Right now we are in a critically important juncture in our country", Ocasio-Cortez said in a statement released by El-Sayed's campaign.

However, it's a thorny question for Democrats, who don't want to sow disunity in their push for a "blue wave" in November and view Mrs. Pelosi as a prolific fund raiser with a notable legacy. He said a team of volunteers from Ocasio-Cortez's campaign is "staying up all night" working on a version of the app other campaigns can use.

Four incumbent members of the state legislature in Pennsylvania, a state that narrowly voted for Trump in 2016, were defeated this year in primaries by insurgent candidates - all of them, like Osario-Cortez, members of Democratic Socialists of America, a little-known political group that has suddenly grown in membership from 6000 prior to 2016 to over 40,000 this year. And Democratic Socialist candidates are popping up across the country.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the newly minted progressive star from NY, hit the campaign trail in deep-red Kansas with Sen. "If someone would describe the 3rd District, I would say center-right". "We have a lot of independent-minded voters who are willing to vote Democrat or Republican".

But Democrats see reasons for hope in a campaign year in which progressive candidates have won competitive primaries in GOP-leaning districts in suburban Philadelphia, metropolitan Omaha and Orange County, California, this year. Voters in this district are quite intelligent.

A race for Kansas Democrats to watch lies just 180 miles north on Interstate 29. And despite surging energy among leftist Democrats in the Trump era, it was unclear if there were enough votes in the 3rd District for a liberal Democrat to win.




Liberals argue that they are not just convincing moderate Democrats or disaffected Republicans but also engaging new primary voters, as Ocasio-Cortez did in NY this summer and as Sanders did in his insurgent 2016 presidential campaign.

Before Yoder won in 2010, it had been held for 12 years by centrist Democrat Dennis Moore, who relied on moderate Republicans during his tenure.

Yet Sanders and his brand of liberalism have proved popular.

"I learned that Kansas was founded over the struggle of the conscience of this nation", Ocasio-Cortez said.

"What you're seeing I think happening in Kansas with the kind of turnouts that you're seeing at some of these events are a kind of grassroots uprising against the status quo, both in Democratic politics and in national politics writ large", said Sroka, seemingly referencing a last-minute venue change for Thompson's rally to accommodate demand. "So, if you have never knocked on a door before, I am talking to you".

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