Cuomo claims Ocasio-Cortez won with 'angry' and 'afraid' minority support

3 young progressives look to topple longtime incumbents in New York’s Tuesday primaries

Mr Crowley, a 10-term Democrat, had been tipped as a future party leader or even Speaker of the House.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Wednesday told "Fox and Friends" that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who just won a stunning victory in New York's Democratic congressional primary election, is the "new face" of the Democratic Party.

Ocasio-Cortez, 28, a former organizer for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign and a onetime staffer for the late Sen. Born in the Bronx to a mother from Puerto Rico and a father who died in 2008, she said she knew she could connect with the district, which includes Queens and part of the Bronx.

Despite all this, Democrats on Capitol Hill downplayed the larger meaning of the result on Wednesday.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, meanwhile, bristled at the idea this was a sign of a larger trend.

But Kennedy said Democrats could learn from the shock of Tuesday night in NY. "Nothing", he said. "Nothing for the party".

That loss, and perhaps this one, cemented the GOP's sharp shift away from the political centre and foreshadowed the anti-establishment fervour that fueled Trump's election in 2016.

Democrats need to decide what kind of candidate they are going to support in 2020. I mean, every district is different. "I'm not trying to dodge your question".

Pelosi was asked: "The Democratic Party is increasingly younger, more female, more diverse, more progressive".

Again, we're talking about one candidate in one very progressive district, not the whole country. "In just two years, it dropped sharply from 55 percent to 46 percent".




Ethnicity might have also played a role.

But a number of the party's rising stars seem to sense that change is afoot.

She said this allows "human-rights abuses" to occur. Tillemann ended up losing his primary to Crow, but the real lesson for Democrats is in NY. "I think that we all have...our bases at home to protect". By ensuring competitive primary races, they have helped put their rivals on their toes and effectively pulled incumbents to the left. "You've got 30 million people with no healthcare".

The party stands now at an ideological crossroads ahead of this November's midterm elections. There is the party's left fringe, and then its more centrist counterpart.

"Alexandria's victory is incontrovertible proof that not only is the progressive agenda deeply resonating with voters, but that running "uncorrupted" is a powerful electoral tool", Emma Vigeland, a correspondent for the progressive digital media outlet The Young Turks, tells TIME.

Since college, she has worked as an educational director for the National Hispanic Institute, which said it was "proud" of her win and the way she ran.

She recently applauded Hamas terrorists who called for the murder of Israeli civilians while violently trying to break through the border as "engaging in political expression".

Sarah Sullivan, who was in Ocasio-Cortez's graduating class, said she was "deeply rooted in social justice issues" at BU. "Are you going to be nicer to the president?" "I think there is something to see here". They're ready to stop corporations from controlling legislation.

Voters in her district responded by giving her almost 60% of their vote, despite the mainstream news ignoring her and her opponent outspending her 18 to 1.

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