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High-Ranking House Democrat Ousted In Shocking Primary Upset

Rep. Joe Crowley has been in the House for close to 20 years, and was on track to win re-election.
Posted at 12:21 AM, Jun 27, 2018

New York Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley just lost his House seat. In a shocking upset Tuesday night, 28-year-old Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez landed the Democratic nomination.

Crowley has been in the House of Representatives for close to 20 years. He's the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House and was seen as a potential successor to Nancy Pelosi as the Dems' House leader.

Instead, he'll be job searching. He said Tuesday night he would support Ocasio-Cortez in this fall's general election.

Ocasio-Cortez is a proponent of Medicare for all, tuition-free public college and criminal justice reform. She's a former educator and community organizer.

She'll face Republican Anthony Pappas in November, but New York's 14th Congressional District leans heavily Democratic, and analysts don't expect the race to be competitive.