'Abolish ICE' Socialist Newcomer Stuns Top Democrat with Primary Upset

And though Ocasio-Cortez moved back to NY after college, she's not entirely shying away from MA politics. What's more, without the backing of many legacy progressive groups like the Working Families Party, the campaign itself ran a grassroots campaign backed chiefly by the likes of Justice Democrats and the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), of which Ocasio-Cortez is a member.

BEN NORTON: Yeah. Let's talk more about the Democratic Party establishment. Joe Crowley, this is a corrupt neoliberal who has ties to Wall Street, and he also raised ten times more money than Ocasio-Cortez, but he still lost after she ran a grassroots campaign.

"I can imagine", Lukes said, "that many of us at Boston University now feel like fathers or mothers of that great upset in NY".

The Republican candidate for the office, Anthony Pappas, is running unopposed and had no primary.

Ocasio-Cortez was endorsed by the New York City Democratic Socialists.

"She is fighting for our community", Blanca said.

Crowley, the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, was widely rumored to have ambitions to succeed the Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, if she stepped down.

Ocasio-Cortez went to the border to protest the separation of children and families.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a top Democrat who has a political action committee created to support women candidates, endorsed her opponent Mr Crowley. Her challenge to, and subsequent victory over, Crowley has left moderate Democrats stunned and the progressive wing of the party emboldened. 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".

The issues that Ocasio-Cortez ran on included expanding the Medicare program to people of all ages and abolishing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Ocasio-Cortez was projected by the Associated Press to defeat Joe Crowley, who'd served in Congress since 1999, in New York's 14th Congressional District.

Ocasio-Cortez's victory is sending shockwaves through the Democratic Party. The court, shifting rightward with Donald Trump's Neil Gorsuch, defended a travel ban on people from Muslim-majority nations and chose to devastate labor unions with its decision today. He later grabbed a prime spot near Ocasio-Cortez during her victory speech. Despite Crowley, aka the "King of Queens", raising far more money than Alexandria, she pulled off a stunning upset.

Returning to the Bronx after graduation, she began advocating improved childhood education and literacy, starting a children's book publishing company that sought to portray her home borough in a positive light, according to a 2012 article in The New York Daily News.

Crowley may have underestimated his opponent, who until recently was working as a bartender and organizing for Bernie Sanders.

District 14 covers parts of the Bronx and Queens, where census numbers show the population is almost half Hispanic - very different from when Crowley first took office 20 years ago, CBS2's Andrea Grymes reported.

Democrats need to flip 23 of 435 seats to take over the House of Representatives, which would stymie much of Trump's agenda while opening up new avenues of investigation into his administration. "It's unfortunate, but I believe that we are at that point". In April, a secret recording was leaked, of House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer telling progressive candidate Levi Tillemann, who was running in Colorado's Sixth District, that he should get out of the race to make room for Jason Crow, the candidate favored by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

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