Why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's win should be studied by Republicans

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez

She was also an organizer on Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign.

Landing a major political upset, 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez now finds herself in a bid to become the next representative from NY, after defeating U.S. Rep.

A 28-year-old socialist, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, toppled the 10-term chair of the House Democratic Caucus in a NY primary on Tuesday and now stands to become the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Focussing on economic justice, Medicare for All, and the abolition of US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Ocasio-Cortez spent the final weekend of the campaign not ringing doorbells in her district but instead confronting ICE agents at a detention center on the Texas border.

Democratic strategists say Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - the 28-year-old who beat the longtime incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley - is a case study in the kind of insurgent Democrats who could lead a 2018 "blue wave".

And it's true that many other progressive challengers across the country have lost and that the politics in New York's 14th district are decidedly more to the left than most districts in the country.

On her wish list are lots of things unlikely to pass a Congress held by either Republicans or centrist Democrats.

"No idea who this guy is, hundreds of folks walked into the hall open to the public last night", Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

Supporters in her district said that's what they were looking for when they picked her over U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley, a senior member of the Democratic leadership in the House and a longtime party boss in Queens.

With that said, Ocasio-Cortez's campaign video is a must-watch. "I congratulate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on her victory".

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Ocasio-Cortez's appeal, Konst added, ran deeper than just her gender or racial identity. "We knew that if we talked to people that had never been engaged or invited to the electorate that maybe they would show up".

The political novice, who describes herself as a socialist Democrat, had huge grassroots support.

"The people closest to the pain should be closest to the power".

Millennials are just starting to be elected to Congress, but they could one day make up the largest generational group there, bringing a distinctly Millennial approach to policy and governing.

Certainly we've seen so far this year that, particularly on the Democratic party side, there is an unprecedented number of female candidates who are running and have won primaries. She defeated Crowley by 15 points. She noted that Nixon and others face barriers male candidates rarely see.

Ocasio-Cortez got her first taste of professional politics while working for the late Senator Ted Kennedy on immigration casework and foreign affairs.

"I was really motivated", said Daniel Puerto, 26, who immigrated to the US from Colombia.

"But is the Democratic Party not doing that?" she said.

"She is the ideal intersectional candidate", said Nomiki Konst, an adviser to the Sanders-backed progressive group Our Revolution. "People around the country, everywhere I go, are helping us elect more Democrats, progressives, women, people of color".

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