Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beats Democratic challenger in New York primary
Alexandria Ocasio Cortez crossed from her democratic challenger in her first primary school as an incumbent. After all the districts reported, the progressive congresswoman easily defeated former journalist Michelle Caruso-Cabrera on Tuesday.
According to the state election board, Ocasio-Cortez received almost 70% of the vote in New York's 14th congressional district. Speaking to voters online, she described the victory as "extremely important" and added that it confirmed many of her views during her first term.
"When we won in 2018, we were called coincidence by politicians, the media, and so many people who tend to be part of this powerful establishment," she said. "We are all here and we are all together as one movement to advance what is important. And to stand up for the right thing, even if it is difficult to stand up for the right thing."
Caruso-Cabrera, a former CNBC employee, spent $ 1 million on her own campaign and was supported by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Ocasio-Cortez spoke to her opponent and said that it was not a "small challenge".
"A popular movement here is not a coincidence, it is a mandate," she said. "We don't have to settle for crumbs, we don't have to settle for a corporate hand in democratic politics ... Millions of dollars have been invested to get me off this challenge."
The 30-year-old's rise to political fame began two years ago when she defeated top Democrat MP Joe Crowley. It has become a frequent target of President Trump and Republicans because of its progressive policies.
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