In a victory that shocked not only the Democratic Party, but the entire political spectrum, 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated veteran Congressman Joe Crowely in the New York primary
Ocasio-Cortez’s stunning win has many thinking about the changes she, and other candidates like her, could bring to New York. The new politician ran on a progressive platform similar to former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, whom many pegged as a radical
Ocasio-Cortez organized her district around an agenda that included abolishing ICE, tuition-free college, climate change, affordable housing, and other traditionally progressive platforms – and she won, leading many to believe that another upsetting victory could be on her heels.
When Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon announced she was running for New York Governor earlier this year, she too was met with critics who believed her ideals – many of which mirrors Ocasio-Cortez’s – were too radical. Nixon also mirrors Ocasio-Cortez in that this, too, is her first political fun, and she fought off naysayers who called her inexperienced. After all, legalizing pot has long been seen as a baby step towards socialism, and Nixon’s agenda includes far more progressive suggestions
Then, critics were skeptical the former actress would have a fighting chance at defeating current New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in the primary race in September. Today, however, there’s new hope among Nixon’s supporters, and even Nixon herself
Nixon, who allied herself with Ocasio-Cortez during her campaign, was present last night when the shocking results were revealed. While she didn’t mention her opponent by name, Nixon excitedly tweeted this week that she and her progressive ally were “taking on the status quo.”
Nixon’s supporters, and even some who never believed she had a chance, agree: Nixon could win the primary in September, and perhaps even the governor’s house in November.