Ocasio-Cortez wants to be president, mom says

Analysts say young and progressive candidates like Ocasio Cortez represents the future of the Democratic Party

A 28-year-old latina shook the political world on Tuesday night when she upset the powerful Rep. Joe Crowley in the New York Democratic congressional primary.

Ocasio-Cortez, who defeated Crowley 58 percent to 42 percent, was working at a Brooklyn cocktail bar in November a year ago. Big Trump Hater Congressman Joe Crowley, who many expected was going to take Nancy Pelosi's place, just LOST his primary election.

Ocasio Cortez exchanged endorsements with Cynthia Nixon, the "Sex in the City" actress challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New York's Democratic gubernatorial primary, the day before the election against Crowley.

"The fact that in a very progressive district in NY, it went more progressive - and (incumbent Rep.) Joe Crowley is a progressive - but to the left of Joe Crowley is about that district", Pelosi said.

Ocasio-Cortez ran on a strong left-wing platform, including support for universal health care and a federal guarantee of jobs.

Other progressive candidates challenging incumbent Democrats in the congressional primaries on Tuesday failed to topple their opponents, but their strong showing demonstrated that the Democratic establishment in NY is weaker than previously supposed.

"It's just incredible", the proud mom said.

Trump, on social media at least, seemed equally excited about Crowley's defeat.

Trump got more good news elsewhere in New York City as Grimm failed in his political comeback attempt at the hands of the Trump-backed incumbent Donovan.

Like Sanders, she considers herself a democratic socialist.

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"I am female. I am progressive".

The self-described "Democratic socialist" who ousted a 10-term, NY congressman in a Democratic primary has a strong connection to a MA progressive also facing off against an incumbent.

Maybe it depends on where you're standing, but when the results came in for the Democratic primary in New York's 14 Congressional District, I could feel the earth move-and I'm writing this from London. Both women have suggested that they have the life experiences and sensibilities to better serve the residents of those communities. Ocasio-Cortez has promised to represent working families and work towards lowering rent, increasing incomes and ensuring healthcare is accessible to more people. Connie Johnson to win the Democratic nomination in the race to be the state's next governor.

Another young, insurgent candidate waged a less flashy campaign than either Patel or Ocasio-Cortez, but still made waves in his district.

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. That includes charting a vision, she said, for "everyday people trying to make ends meet". Ocasio-Cortez has been a vocal proponent of the push to abolish the agency, an issue she ties back to her district's diverse population.

Then the president begged Democrats to "please, please" keep Pelosi as their party leader 'and please keep Maxine Waters on the air as your face and your mouthpiece for the Democrat Party'.

To these challengers, Crowley, Maloney and Clarke represented an entrenched political class, who had become complacent with their bygone liberal accomplishments and their traditional bases. Ferguson said the Democratic Party won the majority of American votes in 2016 for a reason and shouldn't stray too far from the mainstream if it wanted to maintain that majority.

Pressley also tweeted her congratulations to Ocasio-Cortez, writing, "You proved that when we stand up for what we believe in, we win". She spent Wednesday morning telling reporters of her hope of going to Washington "with an entire caucus of newly elected progressives" who aren't beholden to corporate donors and are willing to shake things up.

Progressive journalists who have covered Ocasio-Cortez's campaign for months noted that her victory was indicative of a shift away from well-funded establishment Democratic candidates not just in her district, but nationwide.

Alexandria has consistently said that we need to be more progressive.

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