Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeats Joe Crowley in New York primary

The 28-year-old socialist Democrat won with a 57.5% majority.

June 27, 2018
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeats Joe Crowley in New York primary Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is joined by New York gubenatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon at her victory party in the Bronx after upsetting incumbent Democratic Representative Joseph Crowly on June 26, 2018 in New York City.   Scott Heins/Getty

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was the surprise victor in Tuesday night's Democrat congressional primary in New York. She defeated Rep. Joe Crowley, one of the most powerful Democrats in the House of Representatives.

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Ocasio-Cortez, a former Bernie Sanders volunteer from a Puerto Rican family, won with a 57.5% majority.

Crowley was the favored candidate going in to the vote and had tipped as a future party leader or even Speaker of the House. The 56-year-old has been in Congress since 1999 and hadn’t faced a primary challenger since 2004.

However, 28-year-old Ocasio-Cortez secured the win after running on a progressive campaign, supporting universal healthcare, tuition-free college, and criminal justice reform.

She will now face Republican candidate Anthony Pappas in the November mid-terms. Should she be victorious in that vote she will become the youngest ever woman elected to Congress.



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