New York, June 30: Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, the 28-year-old activist who defeated top House Democrat Joe Crowley in their party’s congressional primary, shared a picture of her tattered shoes and said that she and her supporters campaigned until rainwater came through her soles. In a tweet, Cortez said that she won because “we out-worked the competition.” Also Read - Deaths, Spike in Cases, Quarantine: What Happened to US Schools That Resumed Classes in July
Cortez’s remarks came a few days after many attributed her victory with because of the demographic profile of the district, which has a large number of Latinos. Nathaniel Silver, a American statistician, was one of the firsts who said that Cortez would have won anyway “in a high-turnout election given the politics/demographics of the district.” Also Read - Anonymous Hacker Strikes Again: Intel Hacked, 20 GB of Confidential & Intellectual Data Leaked Online
Referring to the “demographic” reason for her victory by many, Cortez tweeted: “Some folks are saying I won for “demographic” reasons. 1st of all, that’s false. We won w/voters of all kinds. 2nd, here’s my 1st pair of campaign shoes. I knocked doors until rainwater came through my soles. Respect the hustle.” Also Read - 'A Wide-Ranging Conversation': Foreign Minister Jaishankar Speaks With US Counterpart Pompeo
Ocasio-Cortez, a former Bernie Sanders volunteer from a Puerto Rican family, won with a 57.5 per cent majority on Tuesday. Crowley, who had not faced a challenger from his own party in 14 years, had 42.5 per cent in the majority ethnic minority district, the US media reported.
The political novice had huge grassroots support and raised more small-dollar donations than any other New York City congressional candidate. During the campaigns, the socialist Democrat didn’t take a single money from the Political Action Committee (PAC). She was helped by many other activist groups to fight against Crowley.
“This is not an end, this is the beginning. This is the beginning because the message that we sent the world tonight is that it’s not OK to put donors before your community,” Ocasio-Cortez said while addressing her supporters. Ocasio-Cortez will now face Republican candidate Anthony Pappas in the November mid-terms. If she wins, she will become the youngest ever woman elected to Congress.