In honor of the 28-year-old, first-time politician's triumph, here are five things you should know about congressional candidate Alexandria.
Trevor Noah spent a goodish chunk of The Daily Show catching his viewers up on previous night's stunning upset in which 28 year-old political newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat out a 10-term Democratic congressman in a NY primary.
Christina Greer, a political scientist at Fordham University, said Ocasio-Cortez's win is the latest twist in the ongoing conflict within the Democratic Party that was highlighted by the bruising presidential primary matchup between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, who, like Ocasio-Cortez has identified as a democratic socialist. "I, myself, when my family was struggling to make ends meet, I had a day job and I waitressed and I bartend, and I was shoulder-to-shoulder with undocumented people in the back of house". "I was born in a place where your zip code determines your destiny". It's an outward display of Ocasio-Cortez's roots as a third-generation, working-class Bronxite with Puerto Rican heritage.
Her mother was a bus driver and cleaner and her father a small business owner.
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She earned a degree in economics and global relations from Boston University, graduating in 2011 before bartending and waitressing to help her mother out with money.
"I think that we're in the middle of a movement in this country", Ocasio-Cortez said to CNN's Erin Burnett.
"The differences on policy were minimal", said Huffman, a liberal environmentalist who considered Crowley, a senior figure in the House Democratic caucus, "a really great person and a good colleague".
After that, she continued her interest in community work, remaining close to a string of organisations on the Democratic Party's left fringe.
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Democrats noted that Crowley is their only House incumbent to lose so far this year, compared to several in the GOP. It sounded like a insane idea, but she said yes because Crowley hadn't faced a primary opponent in 14 years. "So motivated and always very passionate about everything she spoke about".
"It's not looking like one of us, she is one of us", the activist said. Of course, he won in that district many times before, but in a year when Democratic voters are paying more and more attention to issues of identity, I think that was something that cut against him particularly strongly this year. It's real. She wrote it.
"I'm dating a number of women, and a number of them are Jewish", he added. They have made intersectional alliances with all the so-called "victims" of society. "We can dismantle this".
Ocasio-Cortez's win was so unexpected that much of the media scrambled to find out more information about her once her win was called.
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Turnout was 13 percent, typically low under New York's absurd system of holding a separate June congressional primary (to comply with federal law) while retaining its September primary for state and local offices. Her challenge to, and subsequent victory over, Crowley has left moderate Democrats stunned and the progressive wing of the party emboldened. She positioned herself as a woman of the people, a person of color who lived and worked in the same neighborhood as the people she hoped to represent.
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