NYC Elects Socialist for Congress Whose Platform Catered to Non-Whites, Wants ICE Abolished

The future of the Democratic Party is suddenly more clear.

On Tuesday, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old first-time candidate for office and member of the Democratic Socialists of America, defeated the incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley, a powerful Queens Democrat and one of his party’s most senior members in Washington. Ocasio-Cortez didn’t just defeat Crowley – she stomped him. With 88 percent of the vote counted, she led by nearly 4,000 votes out of 26,000 cast.

Crowley’s defeat has already been called the Democratic version of then-House Majority leader Eric Cantor’s shock upset loss in 2014 to an obscure economics professor. It’s not a perfect comparison, but it’s useful all the same: Crowley and Cantor were both viewed as potential speakers of the House. Both had close ties to the corporate wings of their parties, especially the finance industry. But while Cantor was caught off-guard by his challenger, Crowley spent big money in the final weeks and months of his primary race knowing that he faced a serious threat.

Ocasio-Cortez represents in many ways the new face of progressive politics growing in strength on the left flank of the Democratic Party. She is a young…

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