Pelosi doesn't see party shift to left in Crowley defeat

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Ocasio-Cortez appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday to talk about her big win in Tuesday's primary in New York's 14th District, explaining what democratic socialism means to her.

Ocasio-Cortez won the 14th district in NY which includes Queens and a portion of the Bronx. But more recently, the 28-year-old was working as a bartender in New York City to help support her family.

She faces Republican Anthony Pappas in the November midterms.

In a campaign ad, she said going into politics was never the plan. Her "progressive" ideas included the abolition of ICE (the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement). She is the author of "People Like Us: The New Wave of Candidates Knocking at Democracy's Door".

During her campaign, she criticised Mr Crowley on his ties to Wall Street and accused him of being out of touch with his increasingly diverse constituents. She's considered a favorite to win the general election.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi responded to Rep. Joe Crowley's loss, telling reporters Wednesday that every district is different and that she carries the qualities her party values in order to lead the Democrats in the chamber. "We had felt so great all day, but to see what that feeling looked like in numbers was really astonishing".

"I think that we're in the middle of a movement in this country", Ocasio-Cortez said to CNN's Erin Burnett.

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Ocasio-Cortez shared an Instagram post during her campaign previous year that showed her hard a work behind the bar.

Ocasio-Cortez's leftist outlook found her tilting at the Democratic Party establishment. They'll say Crowley screwed up, the district changed, whatever they can come up with to discredit her.

She received some endorsements from national groups including Black Lives Caucus, MoveOn and Democratic Socialists of America.

"The biggest hurdle that our communities have is cynicism-saying it's a done deal, who cares, there's no point to voting", Ocasio-Cortez told volunteers in the lead-up to election day. She added that she thinks she "was primarily compelled on moral grounds, because I can only imagine if 60 people were shot and killed in Ferguson, or if 60 people were shot in killed in the West Virginia teacher strikes". Not to mention, Ocasio-Cortez is one of the first American politicians of any party to propose a plan that would keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels. "I think that is, first and foremost, one of the basic elements and violations".

She raised more small-dollar donations than any other New York City congressional candidate. She also worked in Kennedy's office from 2008-09.

Yarmuth said he believed she would enjoy broad support within the caucus if she ran, though it's unclear given her very narrow margin of victory for vice caucus chair when she was elected in 2016.

Her victory could signal a major shift in the Democratic Party's base, one showing that left-leaning voters are now willing to endorse more radical policy positions in an era of political polarization. "We've got people, they've got money", Ocasio-Cortez said in biographical web ad that followed her through mundane NY life, dressing for work, walking, changing into high heels on the subway platform.