Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 28, defeats long-time U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (Tylt)

Analysts say young and progressive candidates like Ocasio Cortez represents the future of the Democratic Party

Analysts say young and progressive candidates like Ocasio Cortez represents the future of the Democratic Party

Ocasio-Cortez has been a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and organized for Bernie Sanders' 2016 campaign. Shed rallied at Standing Rock, the site of Native American protests against a natural gas pipeline that would cut through their North Dakota land. It was a long shot, but it was at least a way to build a political movement. He was, more so than some of the other House members who were challenged, an extremely active and visible presence in both NY and Washington, an aggressive fundraiser, and known for being a charming, back-slapping pol. Unlike the other insurgent candidates, Ocasio-Cortez was able to convince enough voters to vote for a new face instead of a 20-year incumbent. "She demonstrated once again what progressive grassroots politics can do". Before this year, Crowley had never come close to losing in New Yorks 14th Congressional District.

By all accounts, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's upset of a 10-term Democratic lawmaker on Tuesday night was a stunner.

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. Crowley, the House Democratic caucus chair, was expected to be a potential challenger to California's Rep. Nancy Pelosi for the speakership should Democrats take back the House in November.

"It is not to be viewed as something that stands for anything else", she said. As Matt Stoller has pointed out, her small-donor-driven campaign also overcame Crowley's network of supporters which included some of the richest and most powerful corporations in the country such as Facebook, Google, Blackrock, Citigroup, JP Morgan, Lockheed Martin and Viacom.

It turns out that conventional wisdom about how the Democratic Party works isn't much good anymore.

Trump's party did just that on Tuesday, though the president has a mixed track record when weighing in on party primaries: His preferred candidates have suffered stinging losses in Alabama and western Pennsylvania in recent months. It sounded like a insane idea, but she said yes because Crowley hadn't faced a primary opponent in 14 years.

Ocasio Cortez exchanged endorsements with Cynthia Nixon, the "Sex in the City" actress challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New York's Democratic gubernatorial primary, the day before the election against Crowley. "That is how Obama won and got re-elected, and thats how Bernie Sanders did so well".

He said reporter asked Ocasio-Cortez how she planned to fund the socialist doctrine she supports, adding that the candidate "blabbed for a solid two minutes because she didn't have an answer". She had already called for the elimination of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement as a federal agency.

"We can't write trend stories at this point when one thing has happened", one senior leadership aide tells TIME.

The very fact that the seats are safe from Republican challenge means that the Democrats who occupy them have the power to sustain a genuinely progressive agenda when they get to Washington. But progressive commentators care less about the numbers game of the horse race and more about whether the party will move left.

Vote her in next, Massachusetts. It purchased the Democratic voter list, but Ocasio-Cortezs team found the built-in technology to be too clumsy, so they built their own app and handed it to volunteers. Ocasio-Cortez just proved it.

While in college, Ocasio-Cortez worked on immigration in the office of the late U.S. Sen.

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