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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 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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