New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won an overwhelming victory on Tuesday over Republican first-time challenger, who, despite having a long-term credential, raised more than $ 10 million to make the race the second most expensive home competition in the country.
John Cummings, a 60-year-old Catholic high school teacher and former New York Police Department officer, built his war chest from donors across the country, playing on Communist Party grievances. against Ocasio-Cortez’s status as a Democrat left-wing star. hip.
Mr. Cummings was able to hire top Republican consultants, buy millions of dollars in advertising, and distribute more than 700,000 pieces of letters to the district, including sections of Bronx and Queens. However, he followed Ms. Ocasio-Cortez by almost 37 percentage points with all counties reporting and The Associated Press called the race at 10:09 p.m.
Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, proven fundraiser for herself and others, has raised more than $ 17 million in contributions to the campaign.
There has been speculation that 31-year-old Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, might soon consider running for higher office, a scenario she didn’t dispel in an interview. recent issue.
“I don’t know if I’m really going to be in the House forever or if I stay in the House, what it will be like,” she told Vanity Fair. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said she wouldn’t be looking for a higher position just for the sake of it, but wanted to evaluate whether a new job would make her “more efficient.”
During her first term in the House of Representatives, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez gained considerable attention from both sides of the political spectrum. She has been a regular target of the Republican party and a star of the liberal and progressive social media. However, she also fights with senior Democrats with her behavior seen as overthrowing Washington’s standards.
She upheld the challengers in the Democratic primary elections and protested outside Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office to support the Green New Deal when she arrived on Capitol Hill.
Formerly Ocasio-Cortez’s senior aide, Waleed Shahid, now spokesperson for the Justice Democratic Party, a fundamental political organization that helped Ms. Ocasio-Cortez elected, says the active work of “Politics is not just about you,” she said. work on your committee, but also how you build external pressures and social movements. “
Some have suggested that Ms. Ocasio-Cortez could elect Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in 2022, in the race that will surely be one of the most expensive races in state history, or challenge one of the most New York Democrat Chuck Schumer or Kirsten Gillibrand.
On the eve of election day, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez hosted a voter outreach and education event in Sunnyside, Queens, where volunteers to campaign on their elbows before speaking with community leaders . She jokingly apologizes that a reporter went to Queens to inquire about her future.
“People don’t believe me when I say this, but it’s true: I question even my future in continuing to work politically,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said.
“Having a world where I live in the House is the best I can do. Having a world where I serve with a different power is the best I can do. There’s a world where I don’t get into politics anymore and go back to school, teaching is the best I can do, ”she added.
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Ms. Ocasio-Cortez will reach the required age of 35 in time to become a vice presidential candidate or run for president on her own in 2024. Others claim that she joins the Democratic administration in a number of capacities. .
Charlie King, a Democratic agent and former senior campaign adviser to Mr. Cuomo, said that Ms. Ocasio-Cortez had “outperformed” her congressional position.
But he says there are risks in challenging powerful incumbents. “She has attracted a lot of people outside of her facility because she is an enthusiastic supporter,” Mr. King said. “But if she chooses the wrong race, there are people who might turn their backs on her for their loyalty to Schumer, Cuomo or Gillibrand.”
Jumaane Williams, a public advocate for New York City, is another progressive politician who often tackles questions surrounding his own political future, with recent speculation that he could put bid possible in the race to become mayor in 2021.
“I don’t know what the AOC is going to do, but people can’t find someone in politics who doesn’t play chess for its own sake,” said Williams. “I didn’t get elected for re-election or to a higher office. Those things will be fine, but I try not to focus on that. ”
All of this talk seems too early for Jamaal Bowman, a progressive Democrat that some have referred to as the next AOC after he defeated the 16-term incumbent MP, Eliot L. Engel, in the Democratic primary in June. Mr. Bowman says Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has been a valuable mentor, and that he doesn’t need to rush into her future.
“I need progressive movement to relax for a second, she just got there, yo. She’s been there for two years and all of a sudden is everyone like her running for president? “Calm down,” said Mr. Bowman. She is doing great work from her current position. “