Election Night Winner: Who Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?


I mean, you even have, even though Stacey Abrams won her campaign previous year resoundingly, I mean last month resoundingly, there was still a battle and a fight to get support from outside of establishment DNC groups to support her.

"I think the lesson for 2020 is that will bring people out to the polls", he said. "People would be like, 'You have to talk to her, she's awesome'".

She attended Boston University, where she earned degrees in economics and global relations, and also spent time working in the office of the late U.S. Sen.

"They made a choice in one district", Pelosi said.

Leaving the Bronx every day to get a quality education was a wake up call for Ocasio-Cortez, who realized that "the zip code a child was born in determined much of their destiny", her website says. She said in the past she has "worked with expectant mothers, waited tables, and led classrooms".

Yet amid the celebrations, and despite Ocasio-Cortez now being the favorite in the November election, her victory also poses some tough questions for the left-and particularly for those who claim to be leaders in the movement.

She grew up in the Bronx.

. "Personally, in the previous year I've twice been in rooms where I knew everyone was a citizen - a passport office in Lower Manhattan and at jury duty in the Bronx - and most people appeared to be new Americans". She started working two jobs - one as a bartender - sometimes working 18-hour shifts to help her family make ends meet.

Still, shock seemed to be the predominant emotion at Ocasio-Cortez's party Tuesday.

"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", Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter after prevailing in the primary. She also wants to abolish ICE - Immigration and Customs Enforcement - the Homeland Security division that enforces u.s. immigration laws.

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Ocasio-Cortez has also been at the front lines - literally so, last weekend, when she traveled to join protests at an ICE detention center in Texas - of the progressive backlash against the Trump administration's border and immigration policies. Frightful what she said.

Mr Crowley, who had not faced a challenger from his own party in 14 years, had 42.5% in the majority ethnic minority district, which covers parts of the Bronx and Queens. 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. "There's something that people see in her specifically".

During her campaign, she criticised Mr Crowley on his ties to Wall Street and accused him of being out of touch with his increasingly diverse constituents. Small-dollar donations and serious on-the-ground and digital organizing are helping insurgents take back the reins of power from big money.

Ocasio-Cortez studied economics and worldwide relations at BU and worked in Sen.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday told a rally in Fargo, N.D., that one of his "biggest critics, a slovenly man, Joe Crowley, got his ass kicked by a young woman who had a lot of energy".

Ocasio-Cortez is not the only young up-and-comer shaking up the Democratic party in New York City and across the country. Washington, however, is dominated by an army of lobbyists, lawyers, economists and consultants who insist that money in politics always matters more than people. Ocasio-Cortez just proved it.

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

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