She is going to make history! Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is set to be the youngest congresswoman ever. Ocasio- Cortez won the primary in New York’s 14th congressional district back in June, where she beat out 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY). He who was also fourth-ranking Democrat in the House.
Now, Alexandria went up against Republican nominee Anthony Pappas. Ocasio-Cortez who is 29 years old won her U.S. House race, which will make her the youngest Congresswoman ever.
She is the daughter of a Puerto Rican immigrant and she has campaigned on everything from the abolition of ICE to Medicare for all to tuition-free public colleges. Alexandria also worked as an organizer for Bernie Sander’s presidential campaign.
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
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Back in June, Alexandria won her first primary with 57 percent of the votes and won a House primary in a district she didn’t even plan to. This is going to be the first time she is running for office. She started her campaign while working as a waitress.
The 29-year-old told ELLE.com that it was a struggle at first when she started:
When I first started, I absolutely had major impostor’s syndrome. 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.
According to her, people are judged based on the amount of money they make and the level of hierarchy they are in. She always believed in herself and that she was doing the right thing. Despite her confidence, it took her months to convince not only herself but also other people that she was legitimate. And that’s what she was.