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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wins Democratic primary against Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, CNN projects

June 23, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 31: U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) prepares to wait tables at the Queensboro Restaurant, May 31, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. Ocasio-Cortez participated in an event to raise awareness for the One Fair Wage campaign, which calls to raise the minimum wage for tipped workers to a full minimum wage at the federal level. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Freshman Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will defeat former longtime CNBC correspondent and anchor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera in a Democratic primary election on Tuesday for New York's 14th Congressional District, CNN projects.

Washington (CNN)Freshman Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will defeat former longtime CNBC correspondent and anchor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera in a Democratic primary election on Tuesday for New York's 14th Congressional District, CNN projects.

Ocasio-Cortez told CNN in March that "it's everyone's right to enter the race" when asked about primary challengers, but added that "anyone who poses a challenge gets kind of automatically platformed by Republican and far-right publications and they can fundraise off of it.

There are major ideological differences between Ocasio-Cortez and Caruso-Cabrera.

Caruso-Cabrera argued that Ocasio-Cortez is "M. I. A. " and cares more about building a national profile than her constituents.

Ocasio-Cortez told CNN in March in response to accusations she isn't focused on her district, "Really, it just makes the person sound tone deaf because if you think I'm not around, the person who's not around is you, because you don't see us and we're everywhere.

Ocasio-Cortez has also gone after her primary opponent for having once been a registered Republican and living in a Trump Tower apartment in Manhattan before moving to the district last year.

In response, Caruso-Cabrera has argued she is more committed to the district than the congresswoman and has said she is a true Democrat, while calling Ocasio-Cortez a Democratic socialist.

"I am a real Democrat," Caruso-Cabrera told CNN, adding that residents of the district "don't want revolution. "

As she argued the congresswoman is absent from the district, Caruso-Cabrera repeatedly attacked Ocasio-Cortez for staying in Washington for a week after the pandemic hit, despite Congress not being in session.

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