"I am female. I am progressive".
The progressive left just fired a warning shot across the bow of the Democratic Party establishment.
Despite Crowley outraising Ocasio-Cortez by 10-to-1, her targeted campaign and aggressive ground-game were key. She is an activist who identifies as a Democratic socialist.
In fact she found little support from established Democrats.
Among her issues is expanding the Medicare program to people of all ages and abolishing Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.
What it's not, they said, is a sign of a party wide problem.
By Wednesday morning, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was in high demand, making the rounds on the national news shows, including MSNBC's "Morning Joe" and CNN, and being held up as an antidote to everything that ails the Democratic Party. Crowley has represented New York's 14th district since 1999, and hadn't been challenged since 2004. "It should be viewed as something that stands for everything else". Even so, it would be easy to read too much into her upset victory in a firmly progressive congressional district that is carved out of parts of the Bronx and Queens - and almost half Hispanic.
During her campaign, she criticised Mr Crowley on his ties to Wall Street and accused him of being out of touch with his increasingly diverse constituents.
Clyburn, 77, and Pelosi, 78, are often criticized themselves for growing out of step with the new, fresh faces of their party - a characterization they both vehemently reject. "I started late because of the laws of this country". To say he was unprepared for this result and shocked by last night's outcome would be an understatement. In this race, he did not attend either of the two debates that had been scheduled between the two candidates. Bunkeddeko, 30, even snagged a New York Times endorsement earlier this month. They have made intersectional alliances with all the so-called "victims" of society.
Rep. Ruben Gallego, Arizona Democrat and a member of the progressive caucus, said he doesn't envision Democrats facing the same struggles in unifying the wings of their party.
Ms Ocasio-Cortez will now face Republican candidate Anthony Pappas in the November mid-terms.
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Ocasio-Cortez and Nixon have endorsed each other.
She attended Boston University, where she earned degrees in economics and worldwide relations, and also spent time working in the office of the late U.S. Sen.
A national candidate who runs on the same platform on which Ocasio-Cortez and NY gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon are running will not garner meaningful Republican support, even in the age of Trump.
"It's not about me", Crowley, 56, told his supporters at a campaign party following his loss.
The political newcomer, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who was working as a server in a NY restaurant just nine months ago, is a former volunteer for Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign and comes from a Puerto Rican family.
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The political novice, who describes herself as a socialist Democrat, had huge grassroots support. Pelosi kept her job, but the party-wide shakeup was already underway thanks to Bernie Sanders.
Many on the right welcome the shift to the hard left by the Democrats, as outside of the East & West Coast, this brand of socialism which boarders on communism is not exactly popular.
"What we need now is a movement in this country, and it is happening, of saying that we should not be living in a country where the three wealthiest people now own more wealth than the bottom half of the American society", Sanders said. Instead, she managed to raise more small donations than any other congressional candidate in NY, which allowed her to campaign sincerely on a platform for economic justice, while exposing Crowley as a centrist who does not represent real change. "And, you know, I think that no person should be homeless if we can have public structures and public policies to allow for people to have homes and food and lead a dignified life in the United States". I mean, every district is different. "I think that, you know, we have the grounds to do it".
In a simple and symbolic twist of fate, the stunning defeat of Crowley came a day before the Rules and Bylaws Committee of the Democratic Party voted on what to do about "superdelegates". This time a year ago, she was working as a bartender in the Bronx. But Carmen Castillo, a hotel worker who immigrated from the Dominican Republic, won a seat on the Providence (Rhode Island) City Council in 2011.
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