New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez easily fended off her first primary challenge on Tuesday, CNN reports.
Ocasio-Cortez is projected to defeat Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, a longtime CNBC correspondent and anchor. Ocasio-Cortez led 72-19 on Wednesday morning with many mail-in ballots still being tabulated.
Ocasio-Cortez, who stunned the political world with an upset with over longtime Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley two years ago, raised more than $10.5 million in the race.
Caruso-Cabrera, who had backing from Wall Street, raised just over $2 million.
Ocasio-Cortez also called out her challenger for having been a registered Republican in the past. She also moved to the district from her apartment in Trump Tower.
"I am a real Democrat,” Caruso-Cabrera insisted, arguing that the residents in the district “don’t want a revolution” before she was trounced by the voters in that district.
Progressive looks to pull off AOC-like win:
Jamaal Bowman, a progressive challenger in New York, has aspirations to be the next AOC with a win over longtime Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel, a senior lawmaker who heads the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Bowman leads Engel 61-36 with 85% of the votes counted.
There are still plenty of mail-in ballots that could help Engel, a 16-term incumbent, but Bowman appears to be headed for an upset win.
“So tonight as we celebrate, we don’t just celebrate me as an individual, we celebrate this movement, a movement designed to push back against a system that’s literally killing us. It’s killing black and brown bodies disproportionately, but it’s killing all of us,” Bowman said on Tuesday.
What about Kentucky?
Another key race is playing out in Kentucky, where the results are not expected to be finalized until next week.
Amy McGrath, a retired Marine who lost her 2018 House bid, currently leads with 44% of the vote in the state’s Democratic Senate primary but progressive Charles Booker surged to nearly 40% of the vote with about 10% of ballots counted.
McGrath drew Democratic support early in her bid to face Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in November but Booker has drawn progressive support and rocketed up the polls in recent weeks.
Booker only joined the race in January and made headlines when he joined protesters marching over the police killing of Breonna Taylor. He earned the endorsements of AOC and Bernie Sanders.