"We spoke to communities that had typically been, I think, dismissed, and they responded", she added.
"I can imagine", Lukes said, "that many of us at Boston University now feel like fathers or mothers of that great upset in NY". "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".
She was a 19-year-old student at Boston University when her father died.
"I was born in a place where your zip code determined your destiny", the political newcomer said in her viral campaign video. Unlike Jealous, whose campaign was boosted by appearances by Sanders, Cory Booker, and Kamala Harris-"I have a lot of friends who could be running for president in 2020", Jealous told the Times-or her opponent, who was backed by such normally progressive unions as the Communications Workers of America, DC 37, and the Amalgamated Transit Union, Ocasio-Cortez got only lip service. Back when Ocasio-Cortez went by the nickname "Sandy", she had a reputation for being involved and motivated, Sullivan said.
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. Her campaign began with phone banks that targeted thousands of unaffiliated voters, informing them that they needed to register as Democrats six months before the election if they wanted to vote in the primary.
Ben Wikler, the Washington director of MoveOn, America's largest independent online political group, said Ocasio-Cortez triggered an natural disaster.
Ocasio-Cortez will not sit in the Hamptons and utter bleeding-heart platitudes when she reads about the plight of the working class in the New York Times.
Crowley overwhelmingly outspent Ocasio-Cortez, by a margin of 18 to one, but it wasn't enough. "Your acts shut schools and starved public services when we needed them most". The veteran Democrat was beaten soundly by fresh-faced 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic Socialist. She owes her victory to the grassroots alone.
The New York City district he represented has grown increasingly Hispanic, and Democratic women have also outperformed men in primary contests this year.
Ocasio-Cortez's win was a surprise to the political establishment, given that Crowley was seen as a likely replacement for Nancy Pelosi as the top Democrat in the House of Representatives. It sounded like a insane idea, but she said yes because Crowley hadn't faced a primary opponent in 14 years.
"She understands the macroeconomic pain and suffering, [and] that real estate developers have corrupted our elected officials", he said.
Ocasio-Cortez is not the only young up-and-comer shaking up the Democratic party in New York City and across the country. "Over the past 10 years, her rating among Democrats reached a high of 66% several times", says the survey.
"I was really motivated", said Daniel Puerto, 26, who immigrated to the USA from Colombia. She is an unapologetic Democratic socialist, someone who is not just going to "go along to get along" and cozy up to Big Pharma or Wall Street.