How a 28-Year-Old Bartender Beat a 10-Term Democrat in the NY Primary

In a stunning upset, progressive Democratic candidate, 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, beat 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley in the New York City congressional primary.

Crowley had not faced a Democratic challengerin 14 years. He was widely expected to become a future party leader, possibly even Speaker of the House.

Ocasio-Cortez is a Bronx-born socialist Latina and first-time candidate who was bartending up until a few months ago to support her family. She earned a degree in economics and international relations from Boston University.

She is a former organizer for Bernie Sanders’ campaign and has called for a “political revolution”. Her platform includes Medicare for all and higher education, gun control, the abolition of ICE and the end of private prisons.

Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign raised just over $300,000. Crowley raised more than $3 million. She did not have the support of established Democrats. Even Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who has a political action committee for supporting women candidates, endorsed Ocasio-Cortez’s opponent. Ocasio-Cortez says Gillibrand never even bothered to speak to her before endorsing Crowley.

And yet, she won by 15 percentage points. In one of the most diverse districts in the country, constituents were clearly tired of being represented by a wealthy, old white man.

“Women like me aren’t supposed to run for office,” said Ocasio-Cortez in a campaign video. “I wasn’t born to a wealthy family or powerful family mother from Puerto Rico, dad from the South Bronx. I was born in a place where your ZIP code determines your destiny.”

Ocasio-Cortez will run against Republican candidate Anthony Pappas and is widely expected to win. If she does, she will be the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is one of 130 women who have won primary elections for the House; 341 women are still in the running. These numbers are record highs.

After the 2016 presidential election, record numbers of women signed up to run for office, and many of them are young. Mariah Parker is just 26 years old, and she was recently elected to a county commissioner position in Georgia. Lauren Underwood is 31 and running for US House of Representatives in Illinois 14th. She is the youngest black woman running for congress. Recent election outcomes have proven that not only can they run, but they can win.

“I look forward to working towards a take-back of the House on a strong platform of economic, social and racial justice for working class New Yorkers and Americans,” said Ocasio-Cortez after her win. “This is the start of a movement.”

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107 comments

Leanne K
Leanne K13 hours ago

Wow impressed, I like her a lot. I most definately would vote for her. I hope she becomes president. She will be as good as Obama, I feel

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Tania N
Tania N14 hours ago

Thanks for the info.

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Tania N
Tania N14 hours ago

Thanks for the info.

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Tania N
Tania N14 hours ago

Thanks for the info.

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Barbara M
Barbara M15 hours ago

I like her.

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Vincent T
Vincent T4 days ago

Very good. Thanks.

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Richard B
Richard B6 days ago

Excellent

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Adeline W
Adeline W7 days ago

Well done.

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Elaine W
Elaine W7 days ago

I am impressed. I very much hope she wins

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Dave f
Dave f8 days ago

Honesty , Well done go girl .

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