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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Primary Chuck Schumer?

Top Democrats told Axios they expect the democratic socialist to challenge her state’s leaders.

By NTK Staff | 06.10.2019 @9:52am
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Primary Chuck Schumer?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s meteoric rise within the Democratic Party may continue her path upward soon, according to a new report from Axios’ Mike Allen.

Democrats fear Ocasio-Cortez, who self-identifies as a democratic socialist, may challenge Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in 2022 or Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in 2024.

Her stock is rising within the Democratic Party, and she’s made it clear she is aligned with some of the more extreme members:

AOC has instantly become one of the party’s most coveted endorsers (up there with Clintons and Obamas) — and has recently made common cause with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a pairing that could take off.

Ocasio-Cortez’s team is not exactly downplaying the idea, either. Given the opportunity to bat away the rumors, Ocasio-Cortez’s communications director said that “when she thinks down the road, she thinks in terms of transitioning Democrats to a party that’s unified around progressive policies.”

The reality is that Ocasio-Cortez would likely struggle among upstate Democrats in a contentious primary. But socialism’s popularity is on the rise among women and voters aged 18 to 54.

Ocasio-Cortez has blasted House Democrats’ decision to blacklist vendors who work with primary challengers. She very well could be one of those challengers, albeit on the Senate side, in a few short years.

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