On Tuesday night, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez swept the 14th congressional New York district primary and beat 10-term Democrat incumbent Joe Crowley. Not only did Ocasio-Cortez dethrone a top contender for the next Democratic House Speaker, she's also a 28-year-old progressive Puerto Rican woman who set out to prove that women of color can and will win a seat at the table in 2018.
Born and raised in the Bronx, Ocasio-Cortez was a former campaign organizer for Bernie Sanders and identifies as a socialist. Her platform includes abolishing the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), making healthcare universal for all Americans, paid family leave, and more.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn't have a Wikipedia page until an hour ago.Last August, moderator shut down someone creating her page, then killed the entry. Not enough "reliable sources discuss(ed) her in depth."Tonight, she beat the 4th ranked Dem in the House in a primary. pic.twitter.com/S6BegLxtn8June 27, 2018
Considering the 14th congressional district encompasses eastern Bronx and part of northern Queens, this is a huge win for the nearly 50 percent of Hispanics who live in the area. In her campaign video, Ocasio-Cortez emphasizes that "Women like me aren't supposed to run for office. I wasn't born into a wealthy or powerful family...I was born in a place where your zip code determines your destiny."
Crowley, 56, immediately congratulated Ocasio-Cortez and emphasized the importance of the win not only for Democrats, but for the country.
"I want to congratulate @Ocasio2018. I look forward to supporting her and all Democrats this November. The Trump administration is a threat to everything we stand for here in Queens and the Bronx, and if we don't win back the House this November, we will lose the nation we love."
I want to congratulate @Ocasio2018. I look forward to supporting her and all Democrats this November. The Trump administration is a threat to everything we stand for here in Queens and the Bronx, and if we don't win back the House this November, we will lose the nation we love.June 27, 2018
Challenger @Ocasio2018 toppled one of the top Democrats in Congress, @repjoecrowley, Tuesday night in their primary in the 14th District. The victory stunned even her, live on our channel. #NY1Politics https://t.co/fnK1O0bacz pic.twitter.com/RjuqHJpn1pJune 27, 2018
During her campaign, she garnered support from people like Cynthia Nixon, who's running against Andrew Cuomo for New York Governor.
We endorsed @Ocasio2018 because we believe she is the future of the Democratic Party. Today, she ousted 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley. Here in New York, the progressive revolution has begun, and we could not be more proud to be a part of that movement. #ForTheMany pic.twitter.com/uEEbbj8qaIJune 27, 2018
The country couldn't be happier for Ocasio-Cortez, who has inspired millennial women of color to run for office—even when society says they can't and they shouldn't.
Joe Crowley raised 10 times as much money as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.It didn’t matter. @Ocasio2018 had a message for the PEOPLE of #NY14:—Medicare for ALL—Affordable Housing—Abolishing ICEAnd she took no corporate money to do it. THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE.June 27, 2018
“The game is changing and the way that people have run for office doesn’t have to be the way that you run.” Watch this and be inspired: https://t.co/0sb7Hc4wdRJune 27, 2018
not only did Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez win against Joe Crowley, she absolutely destroyed him pic.twitter.com/5ROxs5RivSJune 27, 2018
Three things are very clear from this impressive win last night:1. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is an incredibly talented politician2. People on the left want to see movement 3. the future is femalehttps://t.co/iDCd2FsmPQJune 27, 2018
Democracy won tonight. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the light in the darkness!@Ocasio2018, I can't wait to work with you in Congress.#NY14 #RealChange #HopeJune 27, 2018
As Ocasio-Cortez said, "This is the start of a movement. Thank you all."
This is the start of a movement.Thank you all.June 27, 2018
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