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Beating an incumbent by a large margin gives me some hope ... especially a woman candidate from a Puerta Rican minority.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Millennial beats veteran Democrat | BBC News |

A millennial candidate has shaken up the US Democratic Party having beaten the incumbent congressman for his seat.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 28, defeated political veteran Joe Crowley, 56, on Tuesday night in their party's congressional primary in New York City.

Mr Crowley, a 10-term Democrat, had been tipped as a future party leader or even Speaker of the House.

Ms Ocasio-Cortez, a former Bernie Sanders volunteer from a Puerto Rican family, won with a 57.5% majority.

Mr Crowley, who had not faced a challenger from his own party in 14 years, had 42.5% in the majority ethnic minority district, which covers parts of the Bronx and Queens.

Ms Ocasio-Cortez will now face Republican candidate Anthony Pappas in the November mid-terms.

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by Oui on Wed Jun 27th, 2018 at 10:45:03 AM EST
The district is 48.1% Hispanic and 18.4% White, so she's hardly a minority. Makes you wonder how minority representative Crowley was there for so long. Must be affirmative action.

See Greenwald interview her a few weeks ago.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jun 27th, 2018 at 02:29:22 PM EST
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Excellent ... thx!
by Oui on Wed Jun 27th, 2018 at 04:36:01 PM EST
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And here is Crowley's concession:

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jun 27th, 2018 at 06:09:25 PM EST
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The DLC/DNC neoliberal tools have been actively suppressing progressive candidates for three decades, so....
by rifek on Sun Jul 1st, 2018 at 12:23:17 PM EST
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Last week "This American Life" (radio program) produced a pretty accurate description of NYC "machine" franchise operations. Political power appears decentralized, or "democratized," to whomsoever is capable of manufacturing capital and labor are barriers to "legitimate" candidacy for office. The role of civic groups --beyond the bounds of the DNC-- is kind of perverse.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jul 3rd, 2018 at 02:31:24 PM EST
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NYT, 4 days ago
Bernie Sanders Is Winning Converts. But Primary Victories Remain Elusive.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jun 28th, 2018 at 07:27:02 AM EST
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