By | Rachel Brooks
Staff | Telegraph Local
Above, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez official portrait, U.S. Congress, Public Domain.
New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won the primary, Business Insider reports. She beat her Wall Street backed opponent Michelle Caruso-Cabrera. Caruso-Cabrera was a former anchor for CNBC.
Ocasio-Cortez took 73% of the vote. This came despite the fact that her opponent accused her of being out of touch with her district. Business Insider was citing Decision Desk HQ as their source.
Ocasio-Cortez took to her Twitter handle to celebrate her political victory.
“Wall Street CEOs, from Goldman Sachs to Blackstone, poured in millions to defeat our grassroots campaign tonight.
But their money couldn’t buy a movement.
Thank you #NY14, and every person who pitched in for tonight’s victory.
Here’s to speaking truth to power,” said Ocasio-Cortez in a tweet that was posted at 10:35 pm on June 23.
Ocasio-Cortez had anticipated her victory, but her race for a second term was both contentious and expensive. This was not only due to the race against Caruso-Cabrera but also because she ran against two additional opponents. Business Insider reported that Ocasio-Cortez’s reelection race was a test for the enthusiasm of her New York district for her progressive movement.
Ocasio-Cortez’s victory was celebrated as well by former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
“The people in her district have spoken loudly and clearly about her leadership, her struggles for workers’s rights, racial justice, climate change and many other issues. Taking on a well-funded opponent, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez won a landslide victory. Congratulations Alexandria,” said Sanders in a retweet of Ocasio-Cortez’s post. The retweet was posted at 6:52am on June 24.
Ocasio-Cortez had commented on the public enthusiasm for her campaign as no longer being a “fluke” as it was called in 2018.
“When I won in 2018, many dismissed our victory as a “fluke.”
Our win was treated as an aberration, or bc my opponent “didn’t try.”
So from the start, tonight’s race was important to me.
Tonight we are proving that the people’s movement in NY isn’t an accident. It‘s a mandate,” said Ocasio-Cortez in a tweet that was posted at 9:33pm in June 23.
On June 18, Ocasio-Cortez has likewise posted a political call-to-action on her Twitter.
“A better world is not only possible, it is within our reach.
From mutual aid in our communities to solidarity in the streets, the people of New York have already started to reshape our future.
It’s time to bring the movement to the voting booth.
VOTE this Tuesday, June 23rd,” said Ocasio-Cortez as the caption of a campaign video in a tweet that was posted at 1:27pm on June 18.
As Ocasio-Cortez won her seat in Congress again, Republican commentators made a note that she will have a hand in shaping climate policy if Joe Biden is to win the presidency. They called for voters to support Trump to block future Ocasio-Cortez climate policy.
Likewise, at the same time that Ocasio-Cortez won her New York Congressional seat, Bronx middle school teacher and progressive Jamaal Bowman has also won his district. He replaces New York Representative Elliot Engle, as stated by CNN.