Watch Joe Crowley's Awesome Concession to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

The party's activists are ready for that to change.

Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and former organiser for Bernie Sanders, ran on a proudly left-wing platform that included Medicare for all Americans and regulating Wall Street.

The Democrats are hoping to seize a majority in the House of Representatives in November on a wave of left-wing enthusiasm. "Perhaps he should have been nicer, and more respectful, to his President!" Helena, who came to Congress along with Crowley in 1998, agreed that politicians need to stay close to their home turf. Back when Ocasio-Cortez went by the nickname "Sandy", she had a reputation for being involved and motivated, Sullivan said.

"Women have a harder time being seen as legitimate", Ocasio-Cortez said, referring specifically to Nixon and NY state attorney general candidate Zephyr Teachout, all progressive candidates who join Ocasio-Cortez's call to abolish ICE.

"His administration is a form of extremism and... we shouldn't be afraid to be very bold and very strong in our values and be very clear-cut in what those values look like in policy and legislation", Ocasio-Cortez said.

I think there's a lot of different reasons, and we'll never really know exactly why. "When people feel they are being spoken directly to, they'll do things like turn out in an off-year midterm primary". That decision is "up to him", said Lee, who if chosen would be the first black woman in a House leadership position of either party.

"So many people would talk about Sandy and how great she was", she said. "The goal is social-economic-racial justice for working class Americans". "They're all woven together".

Kenneth Elmore (Wheelock'87), associate provost and dean of students, recalls meeting Ocasio-Cortez-"I knew her as Sandy"-when another student brought her to one of his weekly Coffee & Conversation forums".

He said that he did direct friends to donate to her campaign, and volunteered for her for eight hours but "purposefully did not tweet until the media couldn't do anything about it". In 1992, 55 percent of the party also had a high school degree or less compared to 32 percent 24 years later.

It was the first defeat of the primary season for a Democrat incumbent and strongly suggested lingering splits between the Democratic Party's pragmatic and more liberal wings might be widening in the early years of the Trump presidency. Only one-quarter of the congressman's voting-age populace was white, according to demographic data compiled by Daily Kos Elections. "We may see him in the public sector again".

"The minute you lose that connection you're at risk in this business", he said. He will compete against military veteran Max Rose, who won the Democratic nomination on Tuesday.

"I think what you see in the Democratic Party is that [Rep.] Maxine Waters [of California] and Bernie Sanders are becoming more and more the face of the Democratic Party", Short said. Cleaver has been in Congress since 2005. In New York, they've made it even more hard for them to come out by separating the congressional races from the higher-profile state races, like governor and so forth.

"I feel so happy".

  • Jon Douglas