Published On: Wed, Jun 27th, 2018

Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez upsets Democrat Joe Crowley

There was a shocking upset of Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in Tuesday’s New York primary, which has stunned the Democratic establishment and sets a different tone for the future battles as socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to the victory.

Crowley’s loss in his Queens district to Ocasio-Cortez, 28, gives Democrats a different look as the young Latina would be the youngest woman ever elected to the House.

“I’m floored,” a senior Democratic House aide told CNN.

Ocasio-Cortez took 57 percent of the Democratic primary vote to 43 percent for Crowley.

“We meet a machine with a movement, and that is what we have done today,” Ocasio-Cortez told NY1 before the race was called. “I think what we’ve seen is that working class Americans want a clear champion and there is nothing radical about moral clarity in 2018.”

Trump tweeted after Crowley’s loss, calling him a “big Trump hater” and “perhaps he should have been nicer, and more respectful, to his President!”

Crowley, the No. 4-ranking House Democrat, was widely seen as the likely successor to House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, sharing the spotlight with current House minority whip, Steny Hoyer.

Ocasio-Cortez is a former Bernie Sanders organizer who argued that the 10-term congressman was not in step with his majority-minority district and was too cozy with corporate donors. She campaigned on abolishing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and pushing the Medicare-for-all bill championed by Sanders.

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  1. […] 28, stunned long-time incumbent Congressman Joe Crowley for the Democratic nomination in the Bronx/Queens […]

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