"Before Tuesday's victory catapulted her to the front of the political conversation, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez seemed to find readier audiences with outlets such as Elite Daily, Mic or Refinery29- websites most often associated with millennial and female audiences-than with traditional publications".
Until 2013, the district was mainly comprised of middle-to-upper class Manhattan and Queens neighborhoods before being shifted more toward Pelham and the South Bronx.
"I think that some of the issues we even have today may have to do with some of the calcified structures and relationships", she said. "I felt like the only way to effectively run for office is if you had access to a lot of wealth, high social influence, a lot of dynastic power, and I knew that I didn't have any of those things".
"As someone who knew her quite well ..."
In her bid against Crowley, she was unafraid to foreground race, gender, age and class.
Experts say she may be a novice, but she ran a spirited campaign against an opponent who took the campaign for granted, especially considering she was outspent 18 to 1. "She just has energy about her that is so infectious", Vahedi said.
"This race is about people versus money", Ocasio-Cortez said. "She grew up in this community and knew these people".
She was a 19-year-old student at Boston University when her father died.
Blanca discussed how the family struggled to make ends meet and explained her daughter's appeal as a candidate.
After Ocasio-Cortez's surprise victory, social media was abuzz about Pressley's race, which also hasn't gotten much attention beyond the fact that she is part of a surge of young Democratic women candidates running for Congress this year, fueled by the #MeToo movement and disapproval with President Trump.
A member of the Democratic Socialists of America, Ocasio-Cortez has invoked that scenario repeatedly: It was only nine months ago, after all, that she was a bartender and server at a Manhattan restaurant, work she did even while running her campaign. "I wasn't born to a wealthy or powerful family". "She demonstrated once again what progressive grass-roots politics can do".
During her appearance on MSNBC, she responded to a question by anchor Willie Geist about how the US would pay for her progressive agenda-which includes Medicare for All, a universal jobs guarantee, and tuition-free university and trade school education for all Americans-by firmly reminding him that the federal government spent hundreds of billions of dollars just a few months ago when it passed the Republican Party's tax law. She is fighting for immigrants.
Ocasio-Cortez also supports a federal $15 minimum wage as well as paid child and sick leave. Pressley was raised by a single mother and has said she was raped when she was in college. But after 20 years of the same representation, we have to ask: "who has NY been changing for?" she asks in a promotional video for her campaign. She is 28 years old. "There's a radical empathy that she has with people".
During her campaign, she criticised Mr Crowley for his ties to Wall Street and accused him of being out of touch with his increasingly diverse constituents.
She also challenged the conventional wisdom that Democrats need to take massive donations from corporations in order to win.
Ocasio-Cortez studied economics and global relations at BU and worked in Sen. For one, he sent a former City Council member to debate in his place, a move The New York Times said in an editorial was "galling ... to anyone who cares about the democratic process".