Democratic Socialist upsets top House Democrat on platform of universal healthcare, guaranteed federal jobs

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic Socialist running her first campaign, defeated incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., the fourth-ranking House Democrat, in a primary election June 26, according to CNN.

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is an activist and former organizer for the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. Mr. Crowley has served in the House for 10 terms and had not faced a Democratic challenger in 14 years.

Though Mr. Crowley has a liberal record in the House, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez ran further to the left, pledging support for the abolition of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a federal jobs guarantee and universal healthcare.

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez was outspent 10-to-1 though she ran a grass-roots campaign that electrified her district consisting mostly of minorities.

"You have given this country hope. You have given this country proof that when you knock on your neighbor's door, when you come to them with love, when you let them know that no matter your stance, you are there for them — that we can make change," Ms. Ocasio-Cortez told her supporters.

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