Ocasio-Cortez declared her race was about "people vs. money" in a campaign ad - and that theme might be echoed as more of her generation run for office, CNN reported. His defeat marks a potential sea change in party politics - a result with implications for Democrats 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.
TV cameras picked out Thomas Lopez-Pierre, who ran unsuccessfully for New York City Council a year ago and is running again in 2021, standing just behind Ocasio-Cortez when she learned she had toppled 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley.
"Women have a harder time being seen as legitimate", Ocasio-Cortez said, referring specifically to Nixon and NY state attorney general candidate Zephyr Teachout, all progressive candidates who join Ocasio-Cortez's call to abolish ICE.
"I hope that this reminds us of what the Democratic Party should be about, which is, first and foremost, accountability from the working-class people", she said Tuesday night.
Congressman Joe Crowley is the current Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, making him the fourth highest ranked Democrat in the House of Representatives.
In the wake of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's shocking congressional primary win over a longtime incumbent in NY, people in Boston recalled her strong work ethic and dedication to helping people over the years.
On her wish list are lots of things unlikely to pass a Congress held by either Republicans or centrist Democrats.
The 28-year-old Ocasio-Cortez, a Bronx native, spent several of her formative years in Boston.
"I'm an organizer in this community, and I knew living here and being here and seeing and organizing with families here, that it was possible", Ocasio-Cortez after her victory.
Ocasio-Cortez said Democrats should not be afraid to go "toe-to-toe" with the Trump administration.
Her campaign reported a modest uptick in donations - some $15,000 - in the hours following Tuesday's primary.
I notice in Ocasio's viral campaign video she uses the slogan "for the many". "She personally feels the pain that working people are feeling across the country".
Citing scheduling conflicts, he missed a debate in the Bronx with Ocasio-Cortez, sending former city councilwoman Annabel Palma as a surrogate. There are almost 236,000 Democrats registered in the 14th Congressional District, which covers parts of the Bronx and Queens.
She received some endorsements from national groups including Black Lives Caucus, MoveOn and Democratic Socialists of America.
When a reporter asked Pelosi if "Democratic House leadership" should "look that way" toward an increasingly "younger, more female, more diverse, more progressive" Democratic Party, Pelosi replied, "Well, I'm female, I'm progressive".
"She really gets the issues".
"I never really saw myself running on my own", she told NY magazine "I counted out that possibility because I felt that possibility had counted out me".
"She is the flawless intersectional candidate", said Nomiki Konst, an adviser to the Sanders-backed progressive group Our Revolution.