Democrat grandee ousted by far-left political novice

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won 57.5% of the vote while her opponent, Joe Crowley, had 42.5%. "The fact that in a very progressive district in NY, it went more progressive - and (incumbent Rep.) Joe Crowley is a progressive - but to the left of Joe Crowley is about that district", she rambled.

In November, Ocasio-Cortez will face Republican Anthony Pappas, a St. John's University professor who teaches economics and finance.

Bunkeddeko, meanwhile, has honed in on the fact that Clarke has not sponsored any legislation that has passed the House in the dozen years since she took office, telling Politico, "Honestly, with Rep. Clarke's zero track record of passing bills, it's hard to tell what she believes". But as national media line up behind the attractive and articulate Ocasio-Cortez, and her social-media following explodes as it has done since her victory, tempering the radical Occupy remnants is going to become more hard.

"Geez, dudes-the news is #AlexandriaOcasioCortez, not Joe Crowley. She surprised a lot of people because there are assumptions made about who cares and who wins elections", said Pressley.

"To put this in some perspective", he explained, "Joe Crowley has been there since 1998, he was thought to be the next Democratic leader in waiting potentially a speaker of the house here, he runs the Queens county democratic party in the old sense of the word".

Ocasio-Cortez ran on an anti-capitalist, socialist platform calling for Medicare for everyone and a federal jobs guarantee (employment by the government for all those unable to get jobs). "This is why we must come together", Crowley after his defeat.

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"I think that we're in the middle of a movement in this country", Ocasio-Cortez responded.

Ocasio-Cortez (CAS'11) is nearly certain to win the seat this November in the heavily Democratic 14th District after defeating Rep. Joseph Crowley. Born in the Bronx to a mother from Puerto Rico and a father who died in 2008, she said she knew she could connect with the district, which includes Queens and part of the Bronx.

Rep. Ruben Gallego, Arizona Democrat and a member of the progressive caucus, said he doesn't envision Democrats facing the same struggles in unifying the wings of their party. She also worked for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign.

"I think that the election of Donald Trump was a real game changer and I think we can throw out the old playbook", Nixon said Wednesday.

District 7 is also evenly split between Republicans and Democrats and will be extremely competitive in a general election, while Ocasio-Cortez's district had a huge Democratic advantage in registration and the primary essentially determined the general election.

Yet Mr Crowley's loss suggests Democrats must overcome intra-party divisions if they hope to take control of Congress and key governors' offices nationwide. Her pitch to voters, he said, was "we need somebody who looks like me, a Latina who lives in the district". Bunkeddeko, 30, even snagged a New York Times endorsement earlier this month. Asked about the rise of democratic socialism among young progressive in February of 2017, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said dismissively, "I have to say, we're capitalists, that's just the way it is".

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