28-Year-Old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wins Democratic Primary Against Big Money White Male Incumbent

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez–a 28-year old socialist and Bronx native–has just secured an upset victory in the Democratic primary against 14-year incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley, a 56-year-old who out-fundraised her ten-to-one.

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While Crowley drew donations heavily from PACs and corporations, Ocasio-Cortez refused to take any corporate money and in the end raised about $300,000 from individuals with an average donation of $18. While Ocasio-Cortez ran her campaign on a Spanish language-first site and personally campaigned door-to-door, Crowley has been perceived as out-of-touch from his constituents (he reportedly sends his children to a school in Northern Virginia).

Crowley conceded almost immediately, saying, “I wish nothing but the best for Ms. Ocasio-Cortez. I want her to be victorious in the November elections.”

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Ocasio-Cortez started out in politics as an organizer for Bernie Sanders; a year and a half ago, she was working at a restaurant and finally quit her job to go all-in on the campaign in February, living off her savings.

Crowley has held his seat mainly unchallenged; the New York Times notes that the last time he faced a primary challenge was in 2004, when Ocasio-Cortez was not old enough to vote. He has been widely viewed as a favorite to succeed Nancy Pelosi.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told Jezebel in an interview that her main priorities are the humanitarian crisis at the border and Medicare for all.

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Staff reporter, Gizmodo. wkimball @ gizmodo

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Psyched for this ‘cause she’s definitely more representative of the district and she’ll almost definitely win in November.

Crowley conceded almost immediately, saying, “I wish nothing but the best for Ms. Ocasio-Cortez. I want her to be victorious in the November elections.”

Go him for doing the responsible thing and putting party before his ego.