Rep. Joe Crowley upset in stunning NY Democratic primary loss

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

Ocasio-Cortez's victory sends a resounding message to the Democratic establishment: Progressives are demanding change - and the party can't afford not to listen to them.

Wide-eyed, she covers her mouth with her hands and appears to scream, "Oh, my God!"

Ocasio-Cortez's campaign framed Crowley's leadership position as a weakness, taking advantage of the anti-establishment fervor that has animated both Democrats and Republicans in recent years. After all, this imperfect democracy still runs on votes, and Wall Street support, which Crowley's campaign had plenty of, no longer holds the sway many in the Democratic National Committee may believe it does. -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. "She's a woman, she's got a new kind of energy".

She has joined activists in Flint, Michigan, calling for safe drinking water and travelled to the Mexican border this past weekend to protest family separations of migrants.

"If a Democrat in this district can't champion those policies, where can they?" he said. "And we provided a very direct message, a very clear message".

One of the main things Fernandez remembers about Ocasio-Cortez at BU is her ability to listen.

"I do remember with complete clarity. that she was an outstanding student", Lukes said.

"It is just magnified now and made it bigger", Mr. Grijalva said. "Her voice felt very true". Regardless, her platform indicates that she will be a much-needed advocate for restaurant workers. That's great. She's got to prove herself. She would read historical and political books old and new. After his death, the family anxious it would lose its home to foreclosure.

"I can not put this into words", Ocasio-Cortez told a reporter at the party. She was still tending bar as recently as the spring of 2017.

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Ocasio-Cortez studied economics and global relations at BU and worked in Sen.

"The GOP tax cut could have paid for two years of public college for everyone in this country", she told CBSN ahead of the election. "That tipped the scale for me". Asked by reporters in Washington if Crowley's loss meant democratic socialism was ascendant in the Democratic Party, she said: "It's ascendant in that district, perhaps". Earlier this week, Pressley called for defunding the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which she said "is creating an atmosphere of toxic fear and mistrust in immigrant communities".

The daughter of a Puerto Rican mother and a Bronx-born father, Ocasio-Cortez earned a degree in economics and worldwide relations from Boston University but worked as a waitress and bartender after graduating in 2011 to supplement her mother's income as a house cleaner and bus driver, according to The Intercept.

The friend who introduced them, Mina Vahedi (Wheelock'11, '14), says she mentioned Ocasio-Cortez's campaign to her political junkie cousin last summer, who replied, "She has no chance at all".

One was low turnout.

"The way you take over the Democratic Party is you support progressive women of color who know how to f--ing organize". Only about 12 percent voted.

In New York, Ocasio-Cortez cast Crowley as an elitist out of touch with the community.

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. California Democrat Ro Khanna did endorse her-and her opponent!

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