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Shocking Upset: Latina Democratic Socialist Beats 10-term House Incumbent in NY Primary

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 28, a Latina running her first campaign, ousted 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in NY's 14th congressional district, in the most shocking upset of a rollicking political season. Ocasio-Cortez, an activist and member of the Democratic Socialists of America, won over voters in the minority-majority district with a ruthlessly efficient grassroots bid, even as Crowley -- the fourth-ranked Dem in the House -- outraised her by a 10-to-1 margin.  This was the first time in 14 years a Dem has attempted to unseat Crowley, who chairs the Queens County Democrats. His defeat marks a potential sea change in party politics -- a result with implications for Dems nationwide that would recall, as optimistic progressives routinely noted during the campaign, former GOP Majority Leader Eric Cantor's loss to the insurgent, tea party-backed Dave Brat in June 2014.


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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)
 

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