Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is apparently so popular in New York that she has won another primary.
But the New York Democratic Socialist did not even run in the district.
The 28-year-old is riding a wave of liberal popularity after surprisingly defeating long-term Democratic incumbent Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th district last month. And now, in the neighboring 15th congressional district, Ocasio-Cortez has won as a write-in candidate for the Reform Party, according to the Daily News.
Ocasio-Cortez beat out Bronx Rep. Jose Serrano for the spot which she announced she would have to decline.
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!
While I am honored that so many Bronxites are excited about our campaign, I will remain the Dem nominee for NY-14. https://t.co/edidvU5sOr
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) July 11, 2018
About 38 Reform Party members and 55,000 independents were able to vote on June 26 in write-in primaries in multiple districts, according to City & State New York.
Twenty-two people received write-in votes, and Ocasio-Cortez won with nine, according to the Daily News. The city’s Board of Elections certified her write-in victory but the state election law does not allow candidates to run in multiple elections at the same time.
Ocasio-Cortez will stick with the 14th district where she ran and won and will be will facing off against Republican Anthony Pappas in the fall.
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