All eyes were on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez back in June when she won her primary in New York's 14th congressional district, beating out 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowely (D-NY), who also happened to be the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House.
Now, Ocasio-Cortez has won her U.S. House race, making her the youngest Congresswoman ever at just 29 years old. She went up against Republican nominee Anthony Pappas.
This is her first time running for office, and she started her campaign while still working as a waitress. Back in June, she won her primary with 57 percent of the vote, and even won a House primary in a district she didn’t intend to run in, thanks to write-in votes.
Challenger @Ocasio2018 toppled one of the top Democrats in Congress, @repjoecrowley, Tuesday night in their primary in the 14th District. The victory stunned even her, live on our channel. #NY1Politics https://t.co/fnK1O0bacz pic.twitter.com/RjuqHJpn1p- Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) June 27, 2018
The daughter of a Puerto Rican immigrant, Ocasio-Cortez has campaigned on everything from the abolition of ICE to Medicare for all to tuition-free public colleges. She also previously worked as an organizer for Bernie Sander's presidential campaign.
While Ocasio-Cortez's spot in Congress has seemed like a given since she won her primary in a deep-blue district, she told ELLE.com that it took her a second to believe she could do it.
"When I first started, I absolutely had major impostor’s syndrome,” she said. “Especially when I first started, there are a lot of haters out there, and they’re like, 'Who are you? You’re just a waitress running for Congress.' Which was true. Who did I think I was? When so many people are telling you that, it does sink in. Our society so aptly boils people down to the amount of money that they make and their professional position that it demoralizes a lot of really great people. I knew I was more than that. I knew I was an educator. I knew I was an organizer…And I knew what we were doing was right. I was always confident that what I was doing was the right thing to do and that what I was standing for was the morally superior position. And that’s where I started from. But it took me months and months and months to convince myself and to convince others that I was legitimate."
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