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Democratic Party Shocker

NY Unknown Wins Primary Against Party Elder

June 27, 2018 - 11:05 am

WASHINGTON (KCBS Radio) -- Democratic Party leaders are reacting to the stunning primary victory by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28 year old Latina running her first political race. She defeated 10-term 14th District New York Congressman Joe Crowley.

Crowley chairs the Queens County Democratic Party and, at 56, is twice Ocasio-Cortez's age. His seat was considered so safe that he hadn't even faced a primary challenge for the last 14 years.

Analysts expect Ocasio-Cortez to win the November general election against Republican candidate Anthony Pappas because Democrats enjoy a wide registration edge in the district.

Her campaign platform was unabashedly progressive,  calling for  universal healthcare, tuition-free college and reform of the criminal justice system.