Upset of Democratic House leader points to party divisions

Upset of Democratic House leader points to party divisions

Upset of Democratic House leader points to party divisions

It might seem unbelievable that after Bernie Sanders' huge success in the 2016 democratic primaries running on a grassroots campaign that condemned Wall Street's influence and called for social justice that Democrats can still be caught off guard by progressives unseating their heavyweights.

New candidates - many younger, many women - were running for office, but they were mostly winning open primary contests or losing to better-funded, better-known Democratic incumbents. You can check out that short, billed as "The 28-Year-Old Latina Challenging New York's Most Powerful Congressman" below. Only about 12 percent voted.

Both women have expressed enthusiastic support for each other. Speaking as to why Crowley lost nonetheless, Christina Greer, an associate professor of political science at Fordham University and a McSilver Fellow at New York University, said that Crowley had likely overestimated his support in the district.

"I've worked with expectant mothers, I've waited tables, and led classrooms, and going into politics wasn't in the plan", she said in the ad. "It's unfortunate, but I believe that we are at that point".

Pelosi, who is under pressure to step aside and pave the way for a new generation, insisted that the victory for the left wing of the party was not representative of a wider trend.

US President Donald Trump also reacted to Ocasio-Cortez's win.

Patel, the primary challenger to Maloney, rode a similar wave of anti-establishment fervor the day of the primary. "We were very clear on our message, very clear on our priorities and very clear about the fact that even if you haven't voted before, we are talking to you". "On June 26, I'm counting on you to prove them wrong". He pointed out that polls show congressional leaders are not well-liked and that voters have elected young moderate Democrats such as Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania alongside liberals.

In her campaign video, which has been viewed more than two million times, Ocasio-Cortez talks about being a political outsider who wants to create change.

"If a Democrat in this district can't champion those policies, where can they?" he said.

What's next for Ocasio-Cortez?

Bunkeddeko called for bringing more federal dollars to Brooklyn, specifically related to federal housing. "We need to elect a corporate PAC-free caucus if we're going to get things done".

For his part, Crowley was gracious in defeat, saying he looks forward to supporting Ocasio-Cortez in November.

City Councilor at-large Ayanna Pressley tweeted a photo of the pair after the results were in, congratulating her on the victory. Asked by reporters in Washington if Crowley's loss meant democratic socialism was ascendant in the Democratic Party, she said: "It's ascendant in that district, perhaps". But his insurgent campaign style is unlikely to change.

Yet amid the celebrations, and despite Ocasio-Cortez now being the favorite in the November election, her victory also poses some tough questions for the left-and particularly for those who claim to be leaders in the movement.

A top member of the US House's Democratic leadership has been blindsided by a fresh-faced candidate who beat him in a NY election despite raising one-tenth as much money - and who is now a standard-bearer in the ongoing struggle over the party's identity. Crowley's campaign denied these allegations, and a spokesperson for the campaign said, "We're far too busy turning out voters to bother with posters".

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