The Topic

13 Jul 2018
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Socialist winner in NY-14: Why is the establishment Democrat I beat in the primary still running against me in the general election?

Just doing my tiny part here to try to midwife a vicious Democratic civil war.

.@repjoecrowley stated on live TV that he would absolutely support my candidacy.

Instead, he’s stood me up for all 3 scheduled concession calls.

Now, he’s mounting a 3rd party challenge against me and the Democratic Party- and against the will of @NYWFP.

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) July 12, 2018

“NYWFP” stands for New York Working Families Party. Joe Crowley, the high-ranking House Democrat whom Ocasio-Cortez upset last month in the NY-14 primary, earned that party’s nomination for the general election on the assumption that he’d surely be the Democratic nominee too. Oops. Ocasio-Cortez is the Dem nominee — but Crowley, a name many local voters will recognize, will now be on the ballot this fall anyway. Which raises a nightmarish possibility for Democrats: What if a bunch of low-information Democrats turn out for the general election in November and reflexively pull the lever for Crowley, not realizing that he’s no longer the choice of their party?

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