Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wins 2nd term in NYC’s 14th District

Alexandria Ocacio-Cortez

Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won reelection to New York’s 14th Congressional District on Tuesday over a first-time Republican challenger who raised more than $10 million to unseat her.

“Serving NY-14 and fighting for working-class families in Congress has been the greatest honor, privilege, & responsibility of my life,” she said in a tweet. “Thank you to the Bronx & Queens for re-electing me to the House despite the millions spent against us, & trusting me to represent you once more.”

Cortez, widely known as ‘AOC,’ defeated Republican John Cummings, a well-financed 60-year-old former officer of the New York Police Department. She also won against Michelle Caruso-Cabrera of the Serve America Movement party.

AOC has raised more than $17 million over the course of the campaign, her Republican challenger raised roughly $9.6 million, while Caruso-Cabrera poured more than $3.3 million, based on the campaigns’ fundraising reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, CNN reported.

Despite questions over her politics, AOC was poised to win her reelection bid for a Congressional seat.

AOC has sparred with traditional liberals over her the policies she pushed including free college tuition, outcries against police brutality, and universal health care.

The high-profile first-term congresswoman made a name for herself championing progressive causes, which heaped both criticisms and admirations from Republicans and Democrats. AOC is seen as a leading light of the Democrat party.

An hour after winning, AOC also took to Twitter to express her sentiments on Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s underperformance with Latino voters.

“I won’t comment much on tonight’s results as they are evolving and ongoing, but I will say we’ve been sounding the alarm about Dem vulnerabilities with Latinos for a long, long time,” she said. “There is a strategy and a path, but the necessary effort simply hasn’t been put in.”