New York's Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is youngest woman elected to Congress

Political newcomer and self-described democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated her Republican challenger, Anthony Pappas, on Tuesday, becoming the youngest woman elected to the U.S. Congress.

Ocasio-Cortez, 29, has promised to try and push the Democratic Party further to the left, by supporting Medicare for all, free college tuition and the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic nomination in an upset primary against longtime incumbent Joe Crowley over the summer. She will represent a district that includes parts of Queens and the Bronx in New York City.


Prior to learning of her victory, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, thanking her supporters.

"I am so thankful for every single person who contributed, amplified, and worked to establish this movement," she tweeted. "Never forget the hard work it took to get us here. No matter what happens, this is what it takes."


With the Associated Press and Fox News