Democratic Star Wins Primary She Never Entered

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez triumphs via write-in ballots in second NYC district
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2018 6:21 AM CDT
In this June 27 photo, Democrat rising star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks to the media in New York, the day after her congressional primary upset over incumbent Joe Crowley.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

(Newser) – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stunned the political world last month when she upset longtime Democratic incumbent Joe Crowley in Queens. Now, she has managed to win a second primary in a neighboring district in the Bronx—in a race she never entered, reports the Daily News. Surprised? Ocasio-Cortez is, too. "Shockingly—and I’m told this is not a joke—we have ALSO won a primary in the neighboring 15th Congressional District via write-in campaign on the Reform line!" she tweeted. The victory, however, won't amount to much: As City & State New York explains, it was all part of a "political stunt" by the small Reform Party.

The party took advantage of election laws to force a write-in primary in the 15th and opened it up to all unaffiliated voters as well as those in the Reform Party. Not many people actually took part—as in, 22—but Ocasio-Cortez came out on top with nine votes. Because it was an official primary, the city Board of Elections certified the win, and Ocasio-Cortez then had to officially decline the nomination because she can't run in two races in the general election. For the record, the 15th is represented by Democrat Jose Serrano, who is a lock to remain in the seat. Ocasio-Cortez, meanwhile, will run in the 14th, where she is the favorite against Republican Anthony Pappas.

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