Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (pictured – Image credit: Twitter), a first-time socialist candidate, defeated Democratic veteran Joe Crowley by a margin of nearly 3,600 votes in the 14th congressional district in the New York primary.
Crowley, seen as a future candidate for Speaker’s post, had never faced a primary challenge in the past 14 years. He represented a group that opposed both President Donald Trump as well as the Democratic Party.
Ocasio-Cortez, 28, a democratic socialist, promised voters, mostly Latinos, to abolish the federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency and address local racial concerns.
She told them ICE is ripping screaming children from parents. Leaders should have the moral and political courage to abolish it, she said, adding this is a defining moment for them to act. That message struck a responsive chord with voters.
Before the primary, she took part in protests against President Trump’s immigration policies in McAllen, Texas.
Her sharp, innovative and eye-catching campaign appealed to locals including actress Susan Sarandon.
Trump hailed the victory of Ocasio-Cortez over one of his harshest critics.
He said the shock defeat of Crowley is a big one that nobody saw happening, adding that he should have been nicer and more respectful to his President.
Ocasio-Cortez will face Republican candidate Anthony Pappas, an economics professor, in November.