Democrat Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 28, Defeats Rep. Joe Crowley in Democratic Primary Upset

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(FOX NEWS) – 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).

“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.”

Soon after The Associated Press called the race, the New York City branch of the DSA tweeted congratulations to Ocasio-Cortez, saying that her victory proved “that working class people are hungry for a voice in politics.”

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