Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, democratic socialist, beats 10-term incumbent in NYC primary

Rep. Joseph Crowley and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi following a meeting of the House Democratic caucus at the U.S. Capitol Jan. 31 2018 in Washington DC

3 young progressives look to topple longtime incumbents in New York’s Tuesday primaries

Democratic-Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stunned the Democratic party by defeating the party boss incumbent in NY for the U.S. House of Representatives in Tuesday's primary election.

The race garnered national attention because Crowley is the No. 4 Democrat in the House of Representatives and was considered the likely speaker of the House should the Democrats retake the majority of seats. It's time we acknowledged that not all Democrats are the same.

With that said, Ocasio-Cortez's campaign video is a must-watch.

On June 26 there were important midterm primaries in numerous states, including New York, Maryland, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Utah. And Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who represents a swath of affluent communities, was challenged by another young candidate of color, Suraj Patel. Only about 12 percent voted.

The most starstruck members of this ideological group probably envision their ideas making headway within the Democratic Party. Even The New York Times thought so.

Struggling for words, the politician who won nearly 60 per cent of the vote, said: "I can not believe these numbers right now, but I do know that every person here worked there butt off to change the future of the Bronx and Queens".

She never doubted her chances. The Democratic Socialists of America backed her.

Patel, the primary challenger to Maloney, rode a similar wave of anti-establishment fervor the day of the primary.

"I think that here in NY, the historical wisdom is to go after your triple primes", she said, "Nationally I think there are probably some folks doing good work and some exciting candidates like Ayanna Pressley out in MA doing that work, but here in NY and here in this district, I feel like it wasn't being done". "But the old rules about what's possible have been proven wrong, and we're delighted".

Patel ran a tech-savvy campaign, using non-traditional canvassing measures such as reaching voters through dating apps and handing out branded condoms.

Mr. Crowley's loss sets off a scramble to replace him in House leadership and raises more questions about who will succeed Mrs. Pelosi, 78.

Ocasio-Cortez, Patel and Bunkeddeko made similar arguments in their campaigns: that they were young, more progressive alternatives to the older, slightly more centrist incumbents. Her campaign platform included abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Medicare for All, a universal jobs guarantee, and protection for Dreamers. Bunkeddeko called for bringing more federal dollars to Brooklyn, specifically related to federal housing.

Why is Nancy Pelosi so eager to convince everyone (and herself) that the sentiments that led to Ocasio-Cortez's victory are just confined to one aberrational district? When she learned she beat the incumbent candidate, the shock was written all over face. "She just has energy about her that is so infectious", Vahedi said.

When asked by CNN's Poppy Harlow why she would lend her support to impeachment, Ocasio-Cortez pointed to the president's alleged violation of the emoluments clause. I mean, you even have, even though Stacey Abrams won her campaign previous year resoundingly, I mean last month resoundingly, there was still a battle and a fight to get support from outside of establishment DNC groups to support her.

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