BU Alumna Wins Upset Congressional Primary in New York City

BREAKING: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old socialist, topples powerful incumbent Joe Crowley

Her father ran his own small business and her Puerto Rican mother cleaned houses. "It's one in which no person is too poor to have the medicines they need to live", she told Vogue.

Other upset victories against establishment New York Democrats tonight included Liuba Grechen Shirley, in NY02, and Dana Balter, in NY24, who each ran-like Ocasio-Cortez-on shoestring budgets.

"What we're basically saying is that the structure of ICE - in a similar manner as the structure of the Patriot Act - is kind of built on a scaffolding of questionable civil liberties infringement and abuse", she said. "Since then, everything has changed", Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter shortly before the race was called in her favor.

She grew up in the Bronx.

. "Here in NY, the progressive revolution has begun, and we could not be more proud to be a part of that movement", she tweeted.

Blanca discussed how the family struggled to make ends meet and explained her daughter's appeal as a candidate. He organized a debate with Ocasio-Cortez, and he didn't even show up to the debate.

Born in the Bronx to a mother from Puerto Rico and a father who died in 2008, Ocasio-Cortez said she chose to challenge Crowley to push a more progressive stance on economic and other issues.

"It's time to fight for a NY that working families can afford", she said in the campaign video.

"I wasn't born to a wealthy or powerful family", she says in a campaign video that went viral during the campaign.

She criticized the stratification of New York City, one of the most expensive cities in America, and tied it to the entrenched politician Crowley. She recently went to Tornillo, Texas, to protest against policies that have separated parents from their children at the southern USA border.

Ocasio-Cortez ran on a strong left-wing platform, including support for universal health care and a federal guarantee of jobs.

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"There is no such thing as being unassailable, in America", she said. She added that she does not take money from luxury real estate developers to avoid conflicts of interest. The 28-year-old first-time candidate toppled a US House speaker-in-waiting twice her age in New York's primary election. The first black woman to serve on the Boston City Council, Pressley, 44, is challenging Rep. Michael Capuano, 66, a 10-term incumbent in Massachusetts' 7th District.

Another young, insurgent candidate waged a less flashy campaign than either Patel or Ocasio-Cortez, but still made waves in his district.

History suggests Mr Trump's Republican Party, like the parties of virtually every first-term president dating back to Ronald Reagan in 1982, will suffer losses this autumn.

Cynthia Nixon, the former Sex and the City star running for NY governor, described Ocasio-Cortez as the "future of the Democratic Party".

And this is the dedication and the importance and value of making sure people had a representative that was coming from [inaudible], that was representing issues that most resonate with them.

What's next for Ocasio-Cortez?

Primaries were held in seven states - Colorado, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Utah - on Tuesday as voters picked candidates for the November 6 midterm elections that will determine control of Congress.

The New York primary was not the only vote on Tuesday.

This race also bodes well for other left challengers in NY and elsewhere, and her victory speech tonight included shout-outs to Missouri first district congressional candidate Cori Bush and NY state senate candidate (and fellow DSA member) Julia Salazar, among others.

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