Joe Crowley defeated by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in stunning upset


Cameras captured the former organizer for Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign screaming as she saw the results come in.

CNN White House Correspondent Jeff Zeleny tweeted Tuesday, "The stunning defeat of @JoeCrowleyNY is a fresh reminder that one of the biggest political stories (getting far less attention than it deserves, with Trump consuming so much oxygen) is the major identity crisis underway inside the Democratic Party".

Democratic-Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stunned the Democratic party by defeating the party boss incumbent in NY for the U.S. House of Representatives in Tuesday's primary election.

Ocasio-Cortez challenged Crowley from the left, with policies calling for the total abolishment of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The raucous victory party for congressional giant-killer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez featured a who's who of progressive NY politics, including actor-turned-gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 28, a Boston University alumna, knocked off Joe Crowley, the No. 4 House Democrat, in Tuesday's primary.

If elected, Ocasio-Cortez would become the youngest woman ever elected to congress.

"Her campaign has been dynamic and inspiring, and it's about more than one election - it's about building a movement of people standing up and demanding to be heard", Pressley told the Herald.

Supporters in her district said that's what they were looking for when they picked her over U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley, a senior member of the Democratic leadership in the House and a longtime party boss in Queens.

Ben Wikler, the Washington director of MoveOn, America's largest independent online political group, said Ocasio-Cortez triggered an quake.

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"I have to do it quietly because of who I am and because the press will go wild", he said, possibly overstating his influence on the media.

She is expected to win the blue district easily in November. "I think that we have the grounds to do it".

Ocasio-Cortez's victory in particular ought to keep corporate Democrats and their K-street backers awake at night.

According to her campaign website, "c$3 limate change is the single biggest national security threat for the United States and the single biggest threat to worldwide industrialized civilization". Could the next time a US President visits the United Kingdom be Bernie Sanders (or a Sanders-ite) visiting Corbyn at Number 10?

Citing scheduling conflicts, he missed a debate in the Bronx with Ocasio-Cortez, sending former city councilwoman Annabel Palma as a surrogate. She noted that Nixon and others face barriers male candidates rarely see. Ocasio-Cortez worked with Detroit-based production company Means of Production, founded by Democratic Socialists of America activists, to create the spot for less than $10,000. It was only last Sunday that The New York Times reassured nervous readers "Bernie Sanders Is Winning Converts".

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"I do remember with complete clarity. that she was an outstanding student", Lukes said. She proved that the moral force of a platform grounded in uncompromised normative principles about what is right and just has the power to transform what's politically and electorally possible. "When people feel like they are being spoken directly to, I do feel like they'll do things like turn out in an off-year, midyear primary".