Young Leftist Unseats 10-Term Congressman in NY Primary
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old former organizer on Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign whose uphill battle was profiled by OZY in May, defeated long-time Rep. Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th District in a shock upset. Crowley had been seen as a possible successor to Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi. Ocasio-Cortez campaigned on a message of generational and ideological change in the party ahead of November’s midterms. Crowley immediately endorsed the political newcomer — and dedicated an impromptu performance of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” to her.