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Alexandria Ocasio Cortez upsets Rep. Joe Crowley in New York Democratic primary

BREAKING: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old socialist, topples powerful incumbent Joe Crowley

The outcome of the NY race added fuel to the battle between the Democratic Party's establishment wing, led by longtime House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, and a more liberal faction inspired by Bernie Sanders' presidential run in 2016. "She demonstrated once again what progressive grass-roots politics can do". These same workers stand to benefit even more from "Medicare for all, " which Ocasio-Cortez argues for along with a federal jobs guarantee that would include a $15 minimum wage pegged to inflation and paid child and sick leave for all.

"This race is about people versus money - we've got people, they've got money", says Ocasio-Cortez in the ad. "And I think I was primarily compelled on moral grounds, because I can only imagine if 60 people were shot and killed in Ferguson, or if 60 people were shot in killed in the West Virginia teacher strikes", Ocasio-Cortez said, referring to civil rights and labor rights protests held in the United States in recent years.

It was after watching Republican President Donald Trump's election, she decided it was time her New York City district was represented by a young progressive woman of colour. -Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez " I think we need to look at the damaging legislative history of what we've done with our taxes", said Ocasio-Cortez. But in a Monday interview with The Cut, Ocasio-Cortez reconfirmed that she was a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. Crowley was heavily favored in the small NY district, but the underdog came out on top.

Ocasio-Cortez also managed to receive the backing of several major figures in progressive Democratic politics, including fellow NY progressive challenger Cynthia Nixon and California Rep. Ro Khanna, who issued a "co-endorsement" to both Crowley and Ocasio-Cortez.

"She has a name", said Bloomberg's White House reporter Jennifer Epstein.

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A day later, a more poised Ocasio-Cortez seems to have moved on from shock to ambition.

Rachel Maddow and her staff called it a "seismic political upset".

MacCallum said Ocasio-Cortez ripped Trump as an "authoritarian hyper-capitalist".

"Our Caucus has been strengthened by his chairmanship, and by Chairman Crowley's relentless determination to defend the inclusive America symbolised by the Statue of Liberty", she added.

Despite Crowley's loss, the governor, who is up for reelection later this year, reportedly said the only "common denominator" was "an activated Democratic Party".

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She had also pledged to refuse big-money donations and lobbying. If she could win, though, literally anything is possible.

Campaigns like Ocasio-Cortez's can and will soon be launched all over the country.

"Instead of bemoaning the moribund Democratic Party, progressives are increasingly moving to take it over", vanden Heuvel wrote. Her win is seen as part of a larger shift to the left for the Democratic party.

Crowley overwhelmingly outspent Ocasio-Cortez, by a margin of 18 to one, but it wasn't enough. The New York Times editorial board took note of his no-show, and warned the ambitious congressman against taking his constituents for granted.

In the weeks prior, Ocasio-Cortez's journey from working-class activist to congressional candidate attracted wider attention when a campaign video designed for social distribution went viral. I just don't know who's leading it.

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