In the wake of his defeat, speculation immediately turned to Mrs. Pelosi, who has helmed House Democrats for almost 16 years. Crowley's loss adds new intensity to a simmering fight over the direction of the Democratic Party and who should lead it.
Patel, for his part, has argued that after a quarter century with Maloney, "it's time for new leadership", something Maloney's supporters have reportedly privately complained is "ageist".
Gonna go ahead and bet every cent I will ever earn for the rest of my life that Donald Trump will not carry that district. "So what's your problem?"
Crowley didn't ignore the race - he spent $3.4 million - but he may have hurt himself by failing to show up for two out of three scheduled debates with Ocasio-Cortez.
"Congratulations to Maxine Waters, whose insane rants have made her, together with Nancy Pelosi, the unhinged FACE of the Democrat Party".
Ocasio-Cortez specifically cited the Emoluments Clause, which restricts federal officials from receiving any sort of gifts from foreign governments while in office.
In fact she found little support from established Democrats.
In one of the most brilliant stunts of political manipulation pulled off by those whose goal it is to replace the Constitution with sharia law, Islamists have managed to join that group (and it seems not to matter to progressives how violent or bigoted they are).
Ms Ocasio-Cortez is now one of 130 women who have won primary elections for US House seats, 80 percent of who are Democrats.
Today, she ousted 10-term incumbent Rep Joe Crowley.
Clyburn, 77, and Pelosi, 78, are often criticized themselves for growing out of step with the new, fresh faces of their party - a characterization they both vehemently reject.
When asked about this on Wednesday, however, Pelosi's allies did not seem particularly concerned, chalking up the upset in NY to an anomaly.
Pelosi said Crowley is a "very valued" member of Congress and praised the "dignity" of his concession.
Recently, roughly 200 Democratic lawmakers were before a federal judge this month, arguing the hotel and Trump Tower in NY serve as emoluments violations.
Kenneth Elmore (Wheelock'87), associate provost and dean of students, recalls meeting Ocasio-Cortez-"I knew her as Sandy"-when another student brought her to one of his weekly Coffee & Conversation forums".
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. He's served in Congress since 1999 and hasn't had a primary challenger in 14 years.
Since the defeat of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, progressives in the Democratic party - and outside it - have warned that this kind of complacency would hurt the party in the long run. She will face Republican Anthony Pappas.
Out of nowhere comes Ocasio-Cortez, who deftly used Crowley's establishment status against him.
Since college, she has worked as an educational director for the National Hispanic Institute, which said it was "proud" of her win and the way she ran.
"It has been the honour of a lifetime to represent Queens and the Bronx". It's time for one of us.
Rebecca Katz, a New York-based Democratic strategist advising Cynthia Nixon's insurgent gubernatorial campaign against incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo, said Washington was caught off guard because Mr. Crowley lost touch with his district.
NANCY PELOSI: Well, I'm female.
When Burnett listed the ages of the septuagenarians now leading the Democratic party, Ocasio-Cortez said that it's time to elect "a new generation of people to Congress".
RUBEN GALLEGO: Whoever's running for leadership is going to have to justify their existence. "Perhaps he should have been nicer, and more respectful, to his President!" he said.
SNELL: That's Arizona Democrat Ruben Gallego.
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