"She grew up in this community and knew these people". I think that you know, we have the grounds to do it.
Now, Ocasio-Cortez is poised to become the youngest woman elected to Congress.
Ocasio-Cortez is a self-described socialist who updates her Instagram feed on her own phone. And second, she needs to learn how to run in heels.
She was far from the only progressive to pull off an upset on Tuesday, as voters in seven states chose candidates for November's midterm elections, when Democrats aim to reclaim control of Congress and make inroads in governors' mansions and state legislatures.
Her first love as a child was science, not politics.
She came back to the Bronx after graduating and pivoted to working as an educational director with the National Hispanic Institute, helping high schoolers "expand their skillsets in community leadership and social enterprise", according to her website. You can check out that short, billed as "The 28-Year-Old Latina Challenging New York's Most Powerful Congressman" below.
Born in the Bronx to a mother from Puerto Rico and a father who died in 2008, Ocasio-Cortez said she chose to challenge Crowley to push a more progressive stance on economic and other issues.
Ms Ocasio-Cortez ran in NY as a working-class daughter of an immigrant, casting Mr Crowley as elitist and out of touch with the community.
"It's ascendant in that district perhaps", Pelosi said, "but I don't accept any characterization of our party presented by the Republicans".
Democratic leaders carefully parted ways with her on Wednesday on her support for Medicare for all, and the elimination of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). "She can talk about racial justice, immigration justice, economic justice". "It's to say that no individual's civil rights are to be violated". She took no corporate donations.
Ocasio-Cortez defeated longtime Representative Joseph Crowley in the Democratic congressional primary in New York Tuesday night, winning 57.5 percent of the vote.
Voters in her district responded by giving her almost 60% of their vote, despite the mainstream news ignoring her and her opponent outspending her 18 to 1. "There's a radical empathy that she has with people".
Her victory could signal a major shift in the Democratic Party's base, one showing that left-leaning voters are now willing to endorse more radical policy positions in an era of political polarization. It's a district that's 70 percent person of color, and it has never been represented by a person of color.
Ocasio-Cortez and Sullivan were both student speakers at BU's Martin Luther King Jr.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was the youngest challenger ever in the Democratic primary in NY. It's early, but the win could be viewed as a potential victory for NY restaurant workers, who routinely endure long hours, low pay, high-cost health care, and insanely high rent.
When thinking about Ocasio-Cortez and her time in Boston, Lukes considered the proverb: Success has many fathers, failure is an orphan.