Diversity is the driving force in 2018 Democratic primaries

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Sometimes more than ideology, a candidate’s biography has been what is luring voters.

The newest star of the Democratic Party, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, launched her New York congressional campaign by declaring “women like me aren’t supposed to run for office” – a jarring embrace of her distinction as a 28-year-old Latina less than a year removed from a tipped job tending a bar.

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