“You can’t really beat big money with more money. You have to beat them with a totally different game.”
.. Nearly 75% of her donations were small individual contributions, while less than 1% of Crowley’s contributions were.
.. The Ocasio-Cortez campaign spent $194,000 to the Crowley campaign’s $3.4 million.
.. Governor Cuomo endorsed Crowley, as did both of New York’s US Senators, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as 11 US Representatives, 32 local elected officials, 27 trade unions, and progressive groups such as the Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood, the Working Families Party, NARAL Pro-Choice America and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, among others.[31
.. her campaign video began with her saying “women like me aren’t supposed to run for office.
.. She held several debates with Crowley, who was criticized for not showing up to one debate and sending a surrogate instead.
.. Her victory was especially surprising as she was outspent 18-1.
.. Several commentators noted the similarities between Ocasio-Cortez’s victory over Crowley and Dave Brat‘s 2014 victory over Eric Cantor
.. Like Crowley, Cantor was a high-ranking member in his party’s caucus.
.. Cortez’ campaign was also helped by the district’s shifting demographics. The district, which had once been represented by 1984 Democratic vice presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro, had been significantly redrawn after the 2010 census, and was now almost half Hispanic.
.. Many journalists faulted the traditional, national news media (with a few exceptions) for not identifying, or even recognizing, the newsworthiness of the campaign while the smaller, local and progressive news media, such as The Young Turks, were covering it early on.
.. progressive media outlets “saw the Ocasio-Cortez upset coming”.
.. Ocasio-Cortez will face Republican nominee Anthony Pappas in the November 6 general election
.. Pappas, who lives in Astoria, is an economics professor at St. John’s University