AOC scores congressional primary win with 70% of vote

by Peter Heck · Jun 24th, 2020 1:27 pm
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Last Updated Jun 26th, 2020 at 3:13 am

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) defeated her high-profile primary challenger in Tuesday's New York Democratic primary contest. The youngest woman to ever serve in Congress won her nomination race in the state's 14th Congressional District handily, garnering more than 70% of the vote.

Ocasio-Cortez was facing a well-known and well-financed opponent, former CNBC contributor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera. Caruso-Cabrera had earned the support of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and campaigned aggressively, even referring to Ocasio-Cortez as a "temperamental princess" heading into election day.

Caruso-Cabrera had sought to play on voter frustration with the role Ocasio-Cortez played in costing her district a significant boost in job opportunities after she helped scuttle Amazon's plans to build a headquarters in Queens.

But AOC's name recognition and fundraising prowess proved too much to overcome. Her $2.4 million contribution haul in April and May brought her campaign war chest to more than $10 million this cycle.

Ocasio-Cortez will face Republican John Cummings, a retired New York police officer who ran unopposed in his primary race.


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