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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Defeats New York House Democrat

Alexandria Oscasio-Cortez, New York
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The 28 year old defeated long-unopposed incumbent Jim Crowley. 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated top House Democrat Rep. Joe Crowley in the New York primary on Tuesday night. Ocasio-Cortez, 28, was the first person to run against Crowley in 14 years. A Democratic socialist, she ran a progressive campaign to the left of Crowley's with a platform calling for Medicare for All, public housing, abolishing the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and a universal jobs guarantee.

Ocasio-Cortez may soon be the youngest congresswoman ever elected if she wins the general election, having raised nearly $600,000 for her campaign with small-donor donations and no corporate help. The Bronx-born Puerto Rican ran as a working-class liberal woman of color, appealing to the Queens and Bronx district of similar demographics.

"I look forward to working towards a takeback of the House on a strong platform of economic, social, and racial justice for working class New Yorkers & Americans," stated Ocasio-Cortex on Twitter. "Let's do this."

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