Ocasio-Cortez defends himself against the challenger in the House primary

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezBowman has a double-digit lead over Engel in the New York primaries McGrath leads Booker in Kentucky with results expected next week Ocasio-Cortez fends off challenger in House primaries MORE (DN.Y.) easily won the Democratic primary in New York’s 14th district, virtually guaranteeing himself a second House term in the safe Blue District.

Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive star, defended herself against Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, a former CNBC television presenter who attracted the support of the moderates and had the backing of the United States Chamber of Commerce, which generally supports Republicans. . She led with 74 percent of the vote, compared to 19 percent for Caruso-Cabrera, with less than 2 percent of news outlets, according to the Associated Press.

Caruso-Cabrera also had the financial support of a handful of Wall Street executives and raised over $ 2 million, while investing $ 1 million of his own money in the campaign.

But Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign team and fundraising skills are almost unmatched in the House. She has spent more than $ 6 million this cycle defending her seat and has built a massive political team and an even bigger money machine.

The New York Democrat has nearly 40 employees on her campaign, a team more comparable to a top-tier Senate campaign than a congresswoman seeking reelection in a safe seat.

Ocasio-Cortez rose to political stardom after staggeringly defeating former Rep. Joseph Crowley (D) in 2018.

A handful of progressive insurgent candidates have followed in Ocasio-Cortez’s footsteps, and Jamaal Bowman appears to expel 16 representatives. Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelBowman has a double-digit lead over Engel in the New York primary. Ocasio-Cortez defends against the challenger in the home primary. The Hill Campaign Report: Elementary Night in Kentucky and New York. PLUS (DN.Y.) in a primary that was also decided on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, in Kentucky, progressive Charles Booker sought to prevail over Democratic establishment favorite Amy McGrath on Tuesday to determine who faces the Senate Majority Leader. Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcGrath leads Booker in Kentucky with results to be received next week Ocasio-Cortez fends off challenger in primary House Democrats spend a lot to support Hickenlooper in distress MORE (R-Ky.) In November.

Ocasio-Cortez will enter the general election as the big favorite in the Democratic House district.