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July 4, 2018


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sports an 
American flag and Puerto Rican flag lapel pin -- Like a fungal virus that threatens the very life of the already embattled Democratic Party, the success of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is raising the profile of other like-minded candidates around the country. 

Ocasio-Cortez captured national attention in an upset primary win in New York state. 

The outcome may be a more radicalized leftist field of candidates that will stand in stark contrast to the sanity of the Republican Party. 

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In the week since her upset primary win, New York Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has turned to elevating and endorsing like-minded contenders around the country.

Cortez’s blessings have proved enormously fruitful so far, especially for insurgent left Democrats facing similarly uphill odds in their primaries against more traditional incumbents.

One example where the boost has been apparent is in the campaign of Kerri Harris, currently challenging Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) from the left on a platform that includes single-payer health care and a progressive tax code.

Harris, as The Washington Post reported, actually came to New York's 14th congressional district to assist Ocasio-Cortez's campaign on the ground.

Drew Serres, Harris’ campaign manager, told The Daily Beast on Tuesday that since the Ocasio-Cortez win they saw a “huge spike in numbers.” In the first month-and-a-half since announcing their campaign, Serres said Harris’ camp had raised only $20,000. And in the five days after Ocasio-Cortez's win, they brought in $15,000 from 429 donors with an average contribution of $35.

A similar situation is unfolding in Massachusetts’ 7th congressional district where Ayanna Pressley, the first woman of color elected to Boston’s city council, is challenging longterm incumbent Rep. Michael Capuano.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted her support of Pressley’s campaign, which includes a Medicare-for-all platform and a call to defund the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).


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