Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorses primary challenger to Stephanie Murphy

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorses primary challenger to Stephanie Murphy

House Democrats were still reeling Wednesday after one of their top leaders, Rep. Joe Crowley, lost his primary in New York City to a 28-year-old first-time candidate named Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

By all accounts, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's upset of a 10-term Democratic lawmaker on Tuesday night was a stunner. And, unlike her opponent, she had no big money behind her. "We're going to have absolutely be a lot of spirited debates in the Democratic Party". It was a trip to Standing Rock in 2016 that ultimately pushed her to take the chance and run in her longtime district. Furthermore, she repeatedly upheld her humble working class origins. Perhaps more critically, Ocasio-Cortez won on a campaign putting forward the sort of left-leaning ideas that until very recently many Democrats considered fringe.

She also challenged the conventional wisdom that Democrats need to take massive donations from corporations in order to win. "Nobody expected her to win".

Pelosi told reporters Wednesday that she described the race result as one that came from a "very progressive district".

In a campaign ad, she said going into politics was never the plan. He also enjoys a big financial advantage, with more than $30 million in his campaign account compared to just $1.1 million raised by Nixon. "I think that really served her well in undergrad; I think it's gonna serve her even better now that's she the Democratic nominee for Congress".

News reports cited Ocasio-Cortez's socialist affiliation and far-left platform, promoting universal health care and abolition of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

Her strong messaging was matched by an overwhelming ground game.

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A day later, a more poised Ocasio-Cortez seems to have moved on from shock to ambition. That has put him in the line of fire from Capitol Hill, as Politico reported in early June: "Rep. David Price (D-N.C.), executive director of the early-1980s Hunt Commission, which created superdelegates, said lawmakers were "infuriated" by Perez's stance, although he's not sure there's anything that can be done".

"A Democrat who takes corporate money, profits off foreclosure, doesn't live here, doesn't send his kids to our schools, doesn't drink our water or breathe our air can not possibly represent us", Ocasio-Cortez says as the video shows her riding the subway, speaking at a local event, and walking through the district.

For example, she held back during Elmore's weekly forums to hear others speak before sharing her views, Fernandez remembers. She credits the latter organization with a convincing push for her to become a candidate soon after she returned from protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota.

Ocasio-Cortez's victory should be seen as a test for Democrats.

A millennial candidate has shaken up the US Democratic Party by defeating the incumbent congressman for his seat. "Here in NY, the progressive revolution has begun, and we could not be more proud to be a part of that movement", she tweeted.

The race to fill Mr. Crowley's leadership post will help define the caucus and pit the party's ideological, geographical and generational camps against one another.