‘Not a joke’

Ocasio-Cortez wins another election in New York — without even declaring her candidacy

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (REUTERS/David 'Dee' Delgado)

Fresh off her shocking upset of Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary for the 14th Congressional district in Queens, New York, 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has won yet another election — this time without even declaring her candidacy. In the neighboring 15th Congressional district, Ocasio-Cortez was named the winner of the Reform Party write-in primary over Bronx Representative Jose Serrano. Neither Ocasio-Cortez nor Serrano were actually competing for the party’s nomination. Ocasio-Coretz’s most recent victory, however, was less dramatic than her dominating victory over Crowley, the fourth-ranked Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives. According to the city Board of Elections, of the 22 people who received write-in votes in the Reform Party primary, Ocasio-Cortez received the most with nine.

While many would doubtless love to see the progressive millennial and former Bernie Sanders campaign worker representing both districts, state law forbids candidates from running for two different offices simultaneously. So after being informed of her victory on Tuesday evening, Ocasio-Cortez quickly quashed any notion that she would accept the nomination.

“Shockingly — and I’m told this is not a joke — we have ALSO won a primary in the neighboring 15th Congressional District via write-in campaign on the Reform line!,” she wrote in a tweet. “While I am honored that so many Bronxites are excited about our campaign, I will remain the Dem nominee for NY-14.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s victory has rocked the Democratic party, leaving party leaders unsure of whether to fully embrace her. A sign of the clash between the newly-rising and old party power brokers was abundantly apparent on Twitter as a feud between Ocasio-Cortez and Crowley, the congressman she recently defeated, broke out. As one advocacy group leader, the Working Families Party’s Bill Lipton, put it to The New York Times, “You’d think that given the moment we’re in that Democratic leaders would want to help progressive forces to unite.”

Read the full story at The New York Daily News.

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