Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Won a Primary She Wasn't Even Running In

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sent a shockwave throughout the Democratic Party last month when she walloped longtime congressman Joe Crowley in the primary for New York’s 14th District. Apparently, that wasn’t the only race she won that night.


According to the New York Daily News, Ocasio-Cortez also won a write-in primary for the neighboring congressional district, New York’s 15th, on the Reform Party of New York State ballot line. Out of 22 write-in votes on the ballot, Ocasio-Cortez received nine.

Currently, New York’s 15th District is represented by fellow Democrat José Serrano.


The Daily News reported that New York state law bars candidates from running for two offices at the same time. Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Tuesday night that she appreciated the gesture, but would decline the nomination in favor of the Democratic Party nomination in the 14th.

Funnily enough, the libertarianish state Reform Party—which is chaired by Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa, and no longer has a relationship with the national Reform Party—is seemingly a far cry from Ocasio-Cortez’s democratic socialist politics. On its website, the party boasts that it endorsed incumbent Republican Congressman Dan Donovan in his win over former Congressman Michael Grimm in New York’s 11th District. In May, it nominated Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro for governor. And in the preamble to the party platform, the Reform Party complains of “onerous taxes” and “a business climate in which it often seems next to impossible for the little guy to get ahead.”

In other words, it’s confirmed: socialism has bipartisan appeal.

News editor, Splinter

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