What does Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's primary upset mean for Democrats?

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Less certain is whether Ocasio-Cortez's win means mainstream Democrats across the US-including NY governor Andrew Cuomo, who harbors presidential ambitions and faces a September primary against the progressive Cynthia Nixon (paywall)-are vulnerable to challenges from the left.

Sullivan, who also works in politics, said voters have been desparate for leadership, and Ocasio-Cortez delivers. "We spoke to communities that have typically been, I think, dismissed, and they responded".

She grew up in the Bronx.


Until 2013, the district was mainly comprised of middle-to-upper class Manhattan and Queens neighborhoods before being shifted more toward Pelham and the South Bronx.

"I never really saw myself running on my own", she told NY magazine "I counted out that possibility because I felt that possibility had counted out me. That's what I did my first year".

Blanca discussed how the family struggled to make ends meet and explained her daughter's appeal as a candidate.

For example, she held back during Elmore's weekly forums to hear others speak before sharing her views, Fernandez remembers.

Alexandria is a member of the largest socialist organization in the country.

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Last night (June 26), as it became clear to even Ocasio-Cortez that she would win big, local cable outlet NY1 caught her shock.

"They made a choice in one district", Pelosi said. I mean, Alexandria took it to a different level, right.

Certainly, some top Democrats - notably, veteran lawmakers - said Tuesday's results don't indicate a need for wholesale changes. She recently visited an immigration detention center, posting photos of her experience on Twitter. In her early 20s, she started a book publishing company to paint her hometown in a different light and she promoted education and literacy in the borough.

"I wouldn't look into this that this is a progressives versus moderates, or a political newcomer versus a long-term incumbent", she told reporters.

Rebecca Katz, a New York-based Democratic strategist advising Cynthia Nixon's insurgent gubernatorial campaign against incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo, said Washington was caught off guard because Mr. Crowley lost touch with his district.

Per the film's Kickstarter page, the doc is centered on new contenders in the political sphere, including "a coal miner's daughter in West Virginia, a grieving mother in Nevada, a registered nurse in Missouri and a young bartender from NY". "Something is happening, and the sooner the Democratic establishment realizes it, the sooner we can win in November".

It also included a man who has run for office on the platform of fighting "greedy Jewish landlords."

In 2016, she protested against the Dakota Access Pipeline at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, which set her political career in motion. Her father ran his own small business and her Puerto Rican mother cleaned houses. Crowley's campaign denied these allegations, and a spokesperson for the campaign said, "We're far too busy turning out voters to bother with posters". Focussing on economic justice, Medicare for All, and the abolition of US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Ocasio-Cortez spent the final weekend of the campaign not ringing doorbells in her district but instead confronting ICE agents at a detention center on the Texas border.