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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reelected to New York House seat

  • Published at 11:07 am November 4th, 2020
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File photo: Screenshot from the Youtube video, published on June 4, 2018, 'Aapnar Voter Jonno Dhanyabad on JUNE 26' shows Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaking to voters Youtube

Ocasio-Cortez raised more than $17 million over the course of the campaign

Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will win reelection to New York's 14th Congressional District against two challengers, CNN projects.

The two challengers are Republican John C Cummings and Michelle Caruso-Cabrera of the Serve America Movement party

The race for the deeply Democratic seat representing parts of Bronx and Queens in New York City was never considered competitive. 

Yet the high-profile first-term congresswoman, often called AOC, raised funds at an aggressive pace while facing well-financed opposition in her first reelection bid.

Ocasio-Cortez raised more than $17 million over the course of the campaign, while Cummings raised roughly $9.6 million and Caruso-Cabrera with more than $3.3 million, according to campaigns' fundraising reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

The race also saw an abnormal amount of outside spending -- overwhelmingly against Ocasio-Cortez. One group, "Stop the AOC PAC" spent $68,370 on digital advertisements and voter outreach in opposition to Ocasio-Cortez.

In her first term, Ocasio-Cortez, 31, has built an army of loyal supporters across the country and is already fielding calls to run for president. 

The self-styled democratic socialist is frequently singled out for attacks by Republicans including President Donald Trump for her liberal beliefs, including her "Green New Deal" proposal. 

Ocasio-Cortez is often the target of Trump's personal attacks as well, alongside the other women of color known as "The Squad."

She was recently featured on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine's December issue, which led to a predictable news cycle of praise and condemnation that broke down along party lines. 

In the interview, Ocasio-Cortez said that authorities have reported various death threats targeting her in the short time since she took office.

Ocasio-Cortez previously bested Caruso-Cabrera in this summer's Democratic primary. The longtime CNBC correspondent and anchor ran in the general election representing the Serve America Movement party.

Ocasio-Cortez first rose to prominence after defeating longtime Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in the 2018 midterm elections, with no political experience of her own at the time.

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