Who Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez served as an organizer for Senator Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign

In a shocking upset, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley has been defeated by a 28-year-old Bernie Sanders supporter in the Democratic congressional primary in NY.

And yet, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's win in New York's 14th Congressional district primary is nothing short of incredible.

Crowley, who doubled as the de facto leader of the Queens Democratic Party, was criticized for sending a former city councilwoman as a proxy in a debate with Ocasio-Cortez and taking his seat for granted, The Five said.

"The fact that in a very progressive district in NY it went more progressive than. well, Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) CrowleyCrowley stunner tops huge night for left Sanders congratulates progressive candidates on primary wins Crowley copes with shocking primary loss by rocking out to Springsteen MORE is a progressive, but she's more left than Joe Crowley, is about that district". The combination of an entrenched incumbent with deep roots in the state party machine, arcane voter registration rules, paltry institutional support and notoriously low turnout seemed like too big a hurdle for a first-time candidate to overcome. "But after 20 years of the same representation, we have to ask: Who has NY been changing for?"

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The 28-year-old Ocasio-Cortez, a Bronx native, spent several of her formative years in Boston.

But run she did. "[Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] represents the future of the Democratic Party", said Nixon.

Ben Dreyfuss, editorial director at Mother Jones, shared a video from Tuesday night and said, "This video of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez realizing she won is my favorite thing in the whole world".

"This race is about people versus money - we've got people, they've got money", says Ocasio-Cortez in the ad. Other than Ocasio-Cortez, nearly no Democrat would dare rebuke Crowley publicly.

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"When we know that children are being kept and that human-rights abuses are happening without any transparency or accountability - that is where we are at right now". She won the endorsement of some influential groups on the party's left, including MoveOn.

In an interview, Ocasio-Cortez called his absence that night "disrespectful, not just to me but to the entire community".

Yarmuth said he believed she would enjoy broad support within the caucus if she ran, though it's unclear given her very narrow margin of victory for vice caucus chair when she was elected in 2016.

Sarah Sullivan, who was in Ocasio-Cortez's graduating class, said she was "deeply rooted in social justice issues" at BU.

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Ocasio-Cortez's campaign platform includes universal health care, a federal jobs guarantee, tuition-free public colleges, and perhaps most notably in recent weeks, the abolition of ICE. One of her greatest coups came a week before the primary, when a Bronx newspaper held a candidate forum and Crowley could not attend.

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