Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Millennial beats veteran Democrat

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Millennial beats veteran Democrat

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Millennial beats veteran Democrat

Ocasio-Cortez ran well to Crowley's left in the primary, and New York's 14 Congressional District, is one of the most heavily Democratic parts of the US.

Ocasio-Cortez's campaign, meanwhile, was anything but cautious.

Congressman Joe Crowley is the current Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, making him the fourth highest ranked Democrat in the House of Representatives.

Shapiro said the district - now represented by House Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley (D-Queens) - is solidly Democrat and not indicative of the rest of America.

Ocasio-Cortez's win was a surprise to the political establishment, given that Crowley was seen as a likely replacement for Nancy Pelosi as the top Democrat in the House of Representatives.

Jesse Ferguson, a Democratic strategist who served as a spokesman for Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign, said candidates like Ocasio-Cortez drew a helpful contrast with President Donald Trump and his administration.

In Maryland, Ben Jealous, a liberal former head of the largest black civil rights group, won the Democratic nomination for governor, topping the establishment candidate and signalling the party's voters are placing increasing faith in minority candidates.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney fended off the insurgent campaign of Suraj Patel with 58 percent of the vote. Only about 12 percent voted. But Keith Ellison, Pramila Jayapal, Elizabeth Warren and other supposed progressive standard bearers couldn't be bothered. "Here in NY, the progressive revolution has begun, and we could not be more proud to be a part of that movement", she tweeted.

"You have given this country hope, you have given this country proof that when you knock on your neighbour's door, when you come to them with love, when you let them know that no matter your stance, you are there for them - that we can make change", she said. "He hasn't had a challenger in 14 years", Greer said. When she learned she beat the incumbent candidate, the shock was written all over face.

Ocasio-Cortez's victory could be a sign of a generational divide among Democrats as younger voters push the party to the Left. They are the reason so many states are hell-bent on gutting unions and ending the social safety net as we know it. "But the old rules about what's possible have been proven wrong, and we're delighted". When she breezes to victory over token Republican opposition in November, she will be the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Bunkeddeko, a community organizer, challenged Clarke, who has not had a single piece of legislation that she sponsored passed during her 12 years in Congress. Bunkeddeko was also endorsed by The New York Times.

Lopez-Pierre admits he has never spoken to Ocasio-Cortez. Bunkeddeko called for bringing more federal dollars to Brooklyn, specifically related to federal housing.

Crowley may have underestimated his opponent, who until recently was working as a bartender and organizing for Bernie Sanders. "This is why we must come together", said Mr Crowley after his defeat.

Pelosi was asked if democratic socialism is "ascendant" in the Democratic Party and replied that it was not, characterizing Crowley's district as "very progressive". The difference is not so much in policy but in style, in the idea that grassroots, non-traditional campaigning and shoot-for-the-moon progressive ideals would be a more effective governing strategy than pragmatism.

"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.

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