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New Generation of NYC Insurgents Seeks Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Fervor

  • Challengers reflect rising power of young and immigrant voters
  • Queens lawyer outraises incumbent who fought same-sex marriage
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

Incumbent New York City Democrats face an unprecedented number of challengers in this year’s primary election, reflecting the party’s ideological divisions and the impact of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s 2018 upset election to Congress.

The outcome of about a dozen races in the June 23 primary will test the power of the party’s county organizations as young and immigrant voters increase their clout.