You know, you hope that the support or that you like will win.
In her bid against Crowley, she was unafraid to foreground race, gender, age and class. Her father ran his own small business and her Puerto Rican mother cleaned houses.
Like Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez made her rejection of corporate donations and reliance on small donors a rallying cry for supporters; almost 70 percent of her campaign funds came from individual contributions under $200.
"Within the caucus or outside the caucus, we are. again, we have an array of genders, generations, geography, and there is opinion in our caucus, and we're proud of that", she added.
Kelly Dittmar, a political science professor at Rutgers University and scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers' Eagleton Institute of Politics, said it's hard to say what Ocasio-Cortez's victory means for Pressley.
"So many people would talk about Sandy and how great she was", she said.
Trump got more good news elsewhere in New York City as Grimm failed in his political comeback attempt at the hands of the Trump-backed incumbent Donovan. "I, myself, when my family was struggling to make ends meet, I had a day job and I waitressed and I bartend, and I was shoulder-to-shoulder with undocumented people in the back of house". She also accused Crowley's campaign team of affixing Ocasio-Cortez posters to trees to get them reported to the New York City Department of Sanitation.
The president was in full-on campaign mode during the event, begging Democrats to "please please" keep Nancy Pelosi as their leader and constantly invoking Maxine Waters as the new face of the party. She championed expanding Medicare for everyone, tuition-free college, criminal justice reform and ending private prisons. She went to Texas to see conditions at immigrant detention centres near the border.
"ICE is a mess", she told Remezcla.
A 28-year-old socialist latinx woman running against the fourth most powerful Democrat in the House of Representatives, Joe Crowley, probably didn't raise many alarms within the political establishment that seems hellbent on ignoring a growing desire for the Democratic Party to move left.
During her campaign, she criticised Mr Crowley on his ties to Wall Street and accused him of being out of touch with his increasingly diverse constituents.
She also challenged the conventional wisdom that Democrats need to take massive donations from corporations in order to win.
Campaigns like Ocasio-Cortez's can and will soon be launched all over the country.
Grimm, who resigned from Congress after pleading guilty to tax fraud and serving time in federal prison, was attempting to retake his old seat and paint himself as the true disciple of US President Donald Trump.
Cynthia Nixon, the former Sex and the City star running for NY governor, described Ocasio-Cortez as the "future of the Democratic Party". A Harvard-Harris poll conducted in April 2017 showed Sanders was the most popular politician in the United States, with his highest ratings coming from people of color and women.
Ocasio-Cortez and Sullivan were both student speakers at BU's Martin Luther King Jr.