Has primary season ever brought with it so many twists? One of the latest head-scratchers is the news that a leading Democrat in the House of Representatives list his primary to a woman who is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. What does this news foreshadow for the general election?

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Rep. Joe Crowley, from New York,  lost Tuesday night to a socialist community organizer: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

“Crowley, having fundraised nearly $3 million for the race in New York’s 14th District, fell easily to a first-time candidate with a viral introduction video, a Democratic Socialists of America membership card, and a proudly leftist agenda. She ran on Medicare-for-all, a federal jobs guarantee, and getting tough on Wall Street. The race was called just before 10 pm for Ocasio-Cortez,” Vox writes.

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Vox, and others, are labeling this as a big upset–perhaps the biggest primary upset since David Brat knocked off majority leader Eric Cantor back in 2014.

“Crowley, who has been in Congress since 1999, is the No. 4 Democrat in the House and was widely viewed as an eventual successor to minority leader Nancy Pelosi,” Vox adds. “Though he was a stalwart progressive on nearly every issue, he also had close ties to Wall Street. This made him a formidable fundraiser, something Ocasio-Cortez turned against Crowley in the primary. She eventually fundraised about $600,000 through small-dollar donors.”

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Bronx and Queens tend to vote Democratic. Ocasio-Cortez, after Tuesday night’s victory, is considered a lock for the congressional seat in the fall.

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The differences between the two may foreshadow the direction the next election might go.

As Vox notes, the two have little in common, other than their district. “At 28, Ocasio-Cortez couldn’t be a bigger contrast from 56-year-old Crowley. She was born in the Bronx to working-class parents. Her mother is Puerto Rican. Her father is from the South Bronx. She’s a former staffer for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.”

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Her youth and outsider status, combined with her more aggressive left-leaning politics, has made her appealing to the voters in her district. Crowley, on the flip-side, represents all of the establishment politicians that younger voters seem to be rallying against.

 

Source: The Tribunist

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