After graduating, she returned to the Bronx where she became a community organizer.
"Her campaign has been dynamic and inspiring, and it's about more than one election - it's about building a movement of people standing up and demanding to be heard", Pressley told the Herald. "You have given this country hope, you have given this country proof that when you knock on your neighbor's door, when you come to them with love, when you let them know that no matter your stance, you are there for them - that we can make change". Her father ran his own small business and her Puerto Rican mother cleaned houses.
Ocasio-Cortez was outspent by an 18-1 margin during her race but won the endorsement of some influential groups on the party's far left, including MoveOn, as well as the actress Cynthia Nixon, who is running for governor.
"ICE was just established in 2003 in the same sweep of legislation as the PATRIOT Act, the AUMF, the Iraq War, and so what we're basically saying is that the structure of ICE.is kind of built on the scaffolding of questionable civil liberties infringement and abuse", said Ocasio-Cortez.
Tuesday night, Holtzman couldn't help but think of that moment as she watched Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pull off an equally implausible victory.
She also offered a common-sense, values-driven understanding of socialism, helpfully not coming from the voice of a 76-year old white man. "It's about America. I want nothing but the best for Ms. Ocasio-Cortez".
"This race is about people versus money - we've got people, they've got money", says Ocasio-Cortez in the ad. There have been eyes on Ocasio-Cortez's campaign from the time she announced her candidacy past year, and along the way, she secured major endorsements from the likes of MoveOn and Cynthia Nixon, who's running for governor in NY.
"Women like me aren't supposed to run for office", Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in a viral campaign video released last month. "I wasn't born to a wealthy or powerful family".
Daily Wire editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro said NY congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is "throwing out radical proposals" that are "completely untenable". She also wants to abolish ICE - Immigration and Customs Enforcement - the Homeland Security division that enforces USA immigration laws. She is fighting for immigrants. He ran on a left-wing platform, including single-payer health care. She added that she does not take money from luxury real estate developers to avoid conflicts of interest. 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. The first black woman to serve on the Boston City Council, Pressley, 44, is challenging Rep. Michael Capuano, 66, a 10-term incumbent in Massachusetts' 7th District. She actually talked to people directly about the issues that matter.
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 garnered national attention as she has waged war against the congressman's corporate donations and centrist policy record.
Throughout the night, as more and more people flooded into the packed Bronx pool hall, Ocasio-Cortez was trailed by a swarm of reporters, supporters and campaign staff clamouring for hugs, selfies or just a glimpse of the woman behind a feat many had considered impossible.