Democrat Joseph Crowley Loses Bid to Latina Socialist Woman

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Ocasio-Cortez, who less than a year ago was earning money by waiting tables while she launched her winning campaign, said that the outcome came as a surprise. Not to mention, Ocasio-Cortez is one of the first American politicians of any party to propose a plan that would keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels.

Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's stunning upset victory over 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) in the Democratic primary on Tuesday signals another sharp leftward lurch within a party seeking a decisive comeback in the 2018 midterm elections.

"Women have a harder time being seen as legitimate", Ocasio-Cortez said, referring specifically to Nixon and NY state attorney general candidate Zephyr Teachout, all progressive candidates who join Ocasio-Cortez's call to abolish ICE.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Mr Crowley had been an unwavering champion for America's working families for nearly two decades.

So far, Ocasio-Cortez is withholding her support for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and endorsing other left-wing progressives hoping to defeat incumbent Democrats.

Ocasio-Cortez (CAS'11) is nearly certain to win the seat this November in the heavily Democratic 14th District after defeating Rep. Joseph Crowley.

On her wish list are lots of things unlikely to pass a Congress held by either Republicans or centrist Democrats.

During the campaign, Crowley pledged to support Ocasio-Cortez in the general election should he lose the primary.

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To better understand what happened, I spoke to a Labour Party member who played a role in helping Ocasio win. "The message that we send the world tonight is that it's not OK to put donors before your community", she said.

She has a degree in economics and worldwide relations from Boston University, but after graduation worked as a waitress and bartender to supplement her mother's income as a house cleaner and bus driver, according to a profile in The Intercept.

Lee said she learned from her leadership loss in 2016 that it was important to "start early and that people need to know you're interested". Sanders congratulated Ocasio-Cortez for taking on "the entire local Democratic establishment" and "demonstrating once again what progressive grassroots politics can do".

He said that he did direct friends to donate to her campaign, and volunteered for her for eight hours but "purposefully did not tweet until the media couldn't do anything about it". If so, she could be the awakening of a real political revolution.

She has repeatedly rejected the supposed divide between economic concerns and "identity politics", a frequently invoked diagnostic tool for Democratic races, as a false dichotomy.

"For me, that was clear right away", Elmore said.

Crowley was considered a rising star in the Democratic Party who was likely to continue to climb the leadership ladder. "I've always had somebody run against me".

Katrina vanden Heuvel, the editor of the progressive magazine The Nation, last month called recent left-wing electoral successes part of a "Democratic Spring".

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