Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Tweeted That She Will Not Debate Ben Shapiro

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old democratic socialist from NY who scored a shocking primary victory over Rep. Joseph Crowley in June, has since become a lightning rod for attacks from conservative circles.

She's been raising campaign cash in sold-out theaters, rubbing shoulders with leaders in the party's liberal wing and building an audience of 788,000 Twitter followers. The New York Times gave Balderson 50.2 per cent, a lead of 1,754 votes in the 12th Congressional District race, with all precincts reporting.

In other forums, such as the Jewish Community Relations Council, I have stated that she should come forward and at least indicate a desire to open her mind to the reasons for Israel's defensive actions.

Four underdog candidates whom she stumped for in recent weeks lost in Democratic primaries in Michigan, Kansas and Missouri.

Whitmer, a former legislative leader, defeated chemical-testing businessman Shri Thanedar and ex-Detroit health director Abdul El-Sayed in Tuesday's primary.

Bush said her campaign got a shot of energy and a flood of new donations after Ocasio-Cortez lent her star power. She said they don't understand how rising income inequality has shaped the political landscape. But it didn't translate into victory.

Gretchen Whitmer's victory in the gubernatorial primary on Tuesday means the Democrats will field an all-female statewide ticket this fall if she picks a woman to be her running mate.

Ocasio-Cortez, 28, is a self-described socialist and worked for Sen.

Meanwhile socialist Senator Bernie Sanders is losing big, too.

In the 8th District stretching from the northern Detroit suburbs to Lansing, former USA national security official Elissa Slotkin, a Detroit, moved on to face Republican Rep. Mike Bishop in what is expected to be a competitive general election.

Gretchen Whitmer, left, won Michigan's Democratic nomination for the state's gubernatorial primary on Tuesday night.

NY congressional Democratic candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appeared on CNN on Wednesday night to discuss whether her socialist principles are really as popular as she thinks.

"What we need to realize is our struggles are linked", she told supporters. The incumbent, Mr. Joe Crowley, had been in office for a considerable number of years and was widely rumored to be a viable candidate to succeed Nancy Pelosi as Speaker should the Democrats take over the House majority following the midterms.

Fewer than 30,000 people voted in the primary, which received little mainstream media attention. Slotkin, who has raised more money than Rep. Mike Bishop, said that particularly this year, voters are looking for candidates "who will no longer just kind of check the box on voting the right way" but are asking how they will defend their rights. She campaigned relentlessly in the district, while Crowley spent more time in Washington.

  • Jon Douglas