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Rep. Joe Crowley stunned by progressive challenger in New York primary

Rep. Joe Crowley of New York, the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House and as soon as noticed as a imaginable successor to Nancy Pelosi as minority leader, suffered a stunning primary loss to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday. Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old community activist working on a progressive agenda, was outspent by an 18-1 margin and ran on a platform of Medicare for all and reining in Wall Street. Crowley, 56, was first elected to Congress in 1999 and was a mainstay of the Democratic establishment, while Ocasio-Cortez was counseled by MoveOn.org and the Democratic Socialists of America. The result is also the largest primary disappointed since Virginia Republican Rep. Eric Cantor misplaced in 2014. New York's 14th Congressional District, which includes portions of the Bronx and Queens, is closely Democratic, and Ocasio-Cortez becomes the heavy favourite to win the overall election in November.