28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a democrat socialist who just beat a 20-year congressional veteran in New York's 14th congressional district. Ocasio-Cortez beat Democratic Caucus Chair Joseph Crowley on June 26, 2018, in what Time magazine is calling "the biggest upset of the 2018 elections so far." She beat Crowley who served as Chair of the House Democratic Caucus since 2017. Crowley's political career stretches back to 1987, two years before Ocasio-Cortez was born.
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The votes came in 57.5 percent in favor of Ocasio-Cortez who has never held a political office and 42.5 percent in favor of Crowley. Before running against Crowley, Ocasio-Cortez organized for Sen. Bernie Sanders in New York for the presidential primary. She also protested at Standing Rock, the site of Native American protests against a natural gas pipeline that would cut through their North Dakota land. Her reaction to winning the election went viral as she could barely speak to local reporters with excitement.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Challenger <a href="https://twitter.com/Ocasio2018?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Ocasio2018</a> toppled one of the top Democrats in Congress, <a href="https://twitter.com/repjoecrowley?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@repjoecrowley</a>, Tuesday night in their primary in the 14th District. The victory stunned even her, live on our channel. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NY1Politics?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NY1Politics</a> <a href="https://t.co/fnK1O0bacz">https://t.co/fnK1O0bacz</a> <a href="https://t.co/RjuqHJpn1p">pic.twitter.com/RjuqHJpn1p</a></p>— Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) <a href="https://twitter.com/NY1/status/1011803347337252864?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 27, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Ocasio-Cortez was born in the Bronx, New York to a father who was also born in the Bronx and a mother who was born in Puerto Rico. She is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and the first Democrat to challenge Crowley to a primary race since 2004. "You can't really beat big money with more money. You have to beat them with a totally different game," Ocasio-Cortez said. She spent a meager $300,000 on her political campaign compared to her opponent Crowley who spent $3 million.
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In an interview with WYNC in November, Ocasio-Cortez said, "If the district can be more educated, more organized, more invested than we were a year ago, then this campaign will have been 100 percent worth it." Crowley lost despite having 10 times Oasio-Cortez's campaign budget and official endorsements from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, both of New York's US Senators, Chuck Schumer, and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as dozens of trade unions and local officials. It seems the political game is no longer only to be played by career-long politicians as Trump proved in 2016.
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