Opinion| Leading Democrats have revealed that Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York might challenge Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer or Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York in the primary.
Breitbart News reports:
Top Democrats reportedly told Axios that they expect the progressive and freshman Rep. Ocasio-Cortez to primary Sen. Schumer in 2022 or Sen. Gillibrand in 2024. Gillibrand continues to campaign for the 2020 Democrat presidential nomination, despite her low polling numbers across the country.
Ocasio-Cortez has made national fame for her primary victory against former Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY), who was expected to one day hold a high-ranking House leadership position such as House speaker or House majority leader.
The report arises as a Harris poll for Axios found a rising interest in socialism, especially among women. The survey found that 55 percent of women aged 18 to 54 approve of more progressive policies.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s communications director, Corbin Trent, stated that the lawmaker from New York is hoping to sway the Democratic Party towards more progressive matters, like Medicare for All and the Green New Deal, according to Axios.
Mr. Trent stated that they don’t see a likely primary fight coming anytime soon.
Trent stated, “Having worked on her campaign, I don’t think we’re going to be moving to a different role any time soon.”
Breitbart explains, “While Ocasio-Cortez might remain popular in her home district, she might have more trouble running for statewide office. A Siena poll found that 47 percent of Democrats viewed the New York lawmaker favorably, compared to 30 percent of Democrats who did not view her in a positive light. While Ocasio-Cortez has a 43 percent favorability rating in New York City, she has a 25 percent favorability in the New York City suburbs and 21 percent favorability in Upstate New York.
” The news outlet also states, “Further, while she has a 47 percent favorability rating among black voters and 47 percent favorability among Latino voters, she has a 29 percent favorability among white voters, 27 percent favorability among Catholics, and 16 percent among Jewish voters, which might serve as a problem when running for a statewide office such as the U.S. Senate.”