Rep. Joe Crowley, the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus who was thought by some to be a future Speaker of the House, suffered a shocking primary defeat in New York’s 14th House District Tuesday.
With 88 percent of precincts reporting, 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — who has never held elected office — led Crowley by more than 3,600 votes.
Ocasio-Cortez, a Bernie Sanders supporter who has called for the abolition of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), had gained the endorsement of several left-wing groups, including MoveOn and the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).
Today I saw people voting that are almost never seen in an off-year midterm primary.
Just now, as I’m typing this with 8 minutes left, two young men of color, 20 years old, just walked up to me and said they just voted.
2 yrs ago, the “experts” told me not to bother with them.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) June 27, 2018
“We have built power. We have organized,” Ocasio-Cortez said on Twitter as the polls closed. “What we have built is permanent. No. Matter. What.”