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BU Alumna Wins Upset Congressional Primary in New York City

28 June 2018

"She understood us because she is one of us", said Syed Ali, a 26-year-old Harvard University graduate student from the Bronx who volunteered for her campaign.

The Republican candidate for the office, Anthony Pappas, is running unopposed and had no primary. "I think that really served her well in undergrad; I think it's gonna serve her even better now that's she the Democratic nominee for Congress".

The Democrats' newest socialist candidate also wants to impeach President Trump, telling The Hill, "I would support impeachment". She championed expanding Medicare for everyone, tuition-free college, criminal justice reform and ending private prisons. She is part of a growing trend of millennials, many of whom are persons of color, stepping up as outsiders to challenge long-standing representatives in their districts, according to the Wall Street Journal. "With my campaign, in terms of immigration, we're trying to say, 'Hey, we've got your back'". Bernie Sanders in 2016.

"We had driven over to this party with our supporters and I had not checked the results at all", Ocasio-Cortez told "CBS This Morning" over the phone on Wednesday morning, fresh off her victory. It's early, but the win could be viewed as a potential victory for NY restaurant workers, who routinely endure long hours, low pay, high-cost health care, and insanely high rent.

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TORNILLO, TX - JUNE 24: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stands at the Tornillo-Guadalupe port of entry gate on June 24, 2018 in Tornillo, Texas.

WATCH: Rep. Crowley picks up a guitar plays "Born to Run" in honor of his winning opponent @Ocasio2018 who unexpectedly beat him in the #NY14 primary. He had voted to create the Department of Homeland Security. Jealous, who like Ocasio worked on Sanders' campaign, defeated a crowded field of Democratic challengers, including attorney Rushern Baker, by capturing 40 percent of the vote.

The rage among the liberal base - stoked by heart-rending accounts of children separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border - has led to new bursts of activism, confrontation and, perhaps, an anti-establishment fervour that could endanger seemingly safe Democratic politicians.

In fact, one can still see Ocasio-Cortez on the cocktail bar's home page.

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A millennial candidate has shaken up the US Democratic Party having beaten the incumbent congressman for his seat. "[Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] represents the future of the Democratic Party", said Nixon. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) and was an organizer for Sen.

Ocasio-Cortez also called for the impeachment of President Trump and abolition of ICE.

Following Ms Ocasio-Cortez's win, dictionary Merriam-Webster tweeted that socialism emerged as their top search item. Ocasio-Cortez was just too energetic for the Queens party boss - not even a 10 to 1 cash advantage and the bells-and-whistles of a 20 year incumbency couldn't stop her. One of her greatest coups came a week before the primary, when a Bronx newspaper held a candidate forum and Crowley could not attend. There's the establishment wing, and there's the Ocasio-Cortez crowd. She took no corporate donations.

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BU Alumna Wins Upset Congressional Primary in New York City