A New York Primary Race Wasn’t the Last Fight Between Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Joe Crowley

After a shocking election night, it seemed that the fight was over between Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.); however, after Ocasio-Cortez accused him of “mounting a 3rd party challenge,” the fight is back on.

Ocasio-Cortez came out as the surprise winner in New York’s 14th Congressional District Democratic primary in June, but she wasn’t the only one who’d received a nomination. Crowley, the longtime congressman, received the Working Families Party (WFP) nomination after losing to Ocasio-Cortez.

With the WFP’s nomination, Crowley will remain on the November ballot, and Ocasio-Cortez is accusing him of deliberately running against her and the Democratic Party. 

“He’s mounting a 3rd party challenge against me and the Democratic Party,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted after an interview where Crowley said that he would endorse her was broadcasted. She claimed that “[Crowley] stood me up for all 3 scheduled concession calls.”

In response to the Democratic nominee’s accusation, Crowley tweeted for the first time since he lost the primary:

According to Crowley, even though he is “not running,” there are only four ways to be removed from the ballot:  

In the following tweet, Crowley claimed that he believed his nomination was “election fraud” and would not comment on it. He also says he will remain on the ballot because he doesn’t meet any of the criteria to be removed:

The Hill reached out to Crowley’s office, where an aide confirmed that he was not running and that he conceded to Ocasio-Cortez the night of the primary.

New York’s midterm elections will be held on November 6. If Ocasio-Cortez is elected, she will be the youngest member of the House in history. 

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