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Watch Joe Crowley's Awesome Concession to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Ocasio-Cortez Dems need to be 'explicit' in their vision to win in midterms

Crowley, the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, was considered a frontrunner to replace House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi should she choose to step down.

Bill Lipton, Director of the New York Working Families Party-which endorsed Crowley-said in a statement endorsing Ocasio-Cortez that "the old rules about what's possible have been proven wrong, and we're delighted".

Daily Wire editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro said NY congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is "throwing out radical proposals" that are "completely untenable".

Ocasio-Cortez ran on a strong left-wing platform, including support for universal health care and a federal guarantee of jobs.

Crowley has been in Congress since 1999 and hadn't faced an opponent in a primary election since 2004, when Ocasio-Cortez was just a teenager.

She studied at Boston University, receiving degrees in economics and worldwide relations, and said she is still paying off her student loans. Jonathan Lewis lost to Rep. Eliot Engel with 16.5 percent of the vote.

However, she sees the defeat as fitting into a growing movement, linked crucially to the economic concerns of young Americans.

It was after watching Republican President Donald Trump's election, she decided it was time her New York City district was represented by a young progressive woman of colour.

"Women of color are the backbone of the Democratic Party, and our leaders should be representative of the voters we're trying to reach", Litman said. Born to a mother from Puerto Rico and a father from South Bronx, she says she was raised in a place where one's zip code determines your destiny.

"I am female. I am progressive".

Cynthia Nixon, who is running for NY governor - and will face a state primary in September - endorsed Ocasio-Cortez Monday, with just hours left before the election.

Patel, the primary challenger to Maloney, rode a similar wave of anti-establishment fervor the day of the primary. "We knew that if we talked to people that had never been engaged or invited to the electorate that maybe they would show up". They have backed candidate, like I said, in Dana Balter's race, all across the country.

Patel ran a tech-savvy campaign, using non-traditional canvassing measures such as reaching voters through dating apps and handing out branded condoms.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez's former boss, has taken similarly hard lines against the Israeli government.

A viral Twitter post noted how less than a year ago Ocasio-Cortez was working in a bar in NY.

"If a Democrat in this district can't champion those policies, where can they?" he said.

Despite being a heavy favorite, Ocasio-Cortez seemed to have spooked Crowley in recent weeks.

Ocasio-Cortez consistently hit Crowley for not accurately representing the district, saying in a campaign ad - without naming him - that it's "time we acknowledge that not all Democrats are the same".

Cheri Bustos, an Illinois Democrat seen as a rising star in the party, argued that the Crowley upset did not augur any broader trends. But his insurgent campaign style is unlikely to change. "It is not to be viewed as something that stands for everything else".

I count myself a proud supporter.

Progressive journalists who have covered Ocasio-Cortez's campaign for months noted that her victory was indicative of a shift away from well-funded establishment Democratic candidates not just in her district, but nationwide. Crowley's campaign denied these allegations, and a spokesperson for the campaign said, "We're far too busy turning out voters to bother with posters".