On Tuesday, November 6, Americans around the nation voted in the midterm elections. There were several upsets throughout the election process, with one of the most significant being the surprising win of progressive Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over 10-term Rep. Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary.
Now, Ocasio-Cortez has officially won a seat in the U.S. House in New York’s 14th District. The 29-year-old is now the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.
The win is not necessarily surprising, as the district is heavily Democratic. Ocasio-Cortez won the seat over Republican Anthony Pappas, a professor at St. John’s University. However, her initial win in the primaries shocked the nation.
During her victory speech, Ocasio-Cortez said, “This is what is possible when everyday people come together in the collective realization that all our actions…are powerful, worthwhile and capable of lasting change.”
She continued, “Words cannot express my gratitude to every organizer, every small-dollar donor, every working parent and Dreamer who helped make this movement happen. And that’s exactly what this is, not a campaign or an Election Day but a movement…for social economic and racial justice.”
Before this race, Ocasio-Cortez had no experience in politics. She ran on the campaign that there needed to be a dramatic change in Congress, and her district clung to that. She did receive a vast amount of criticism, particularly stemming from her lack of knowledge on several key issues. However, her district overlooked that.
Ocasio-Cortez’s win also contributed to another historic moment in Congress- more women were elected than ever before.
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