While Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez instantly became a young Democrat icon after running to the left of powerful incumbent Congressman Joseph Crowley and winning, the democratic socialist candidate is quickly turning into a style icon as well.
While New York Board of Elections has not yet released its demographic data, researchers at City University of New York found Ocasio-Cortez's strongest turnout was in gentrifying areas of Queens, a trend found in other congressional primaries in the city.
Ocasio-Cortez's campaign website says that she was "born in the Bronx to two working-class parents" but because of the state of Bronx public schools she ended up going to school 40 minutes away, in Yorktown.
While the picture of the Yorktown Heights home is indeed the one Ocasio-Cortez grew up in, Cardillo incorrectly stated that she went to Brown University. "Calls herself a democratic socialist, actually, like Bernie Sanders did, she was a Bernie Sanders reporter", Press said.
New York's 14th Congressional District is one of the most Democratic in the country, but Ocasio-Cortez's victory directly challenges the established party's encrusted ways, which favor candidates who can raise big money.
Alvarado said he attended social demonstrations, political events and went door-to-door with Ocasio-Cortez, as she met voters in her district. "It is nice. Growing up, it was a good town for working people".
He would not directly answer a question from CNN's Chris Cuomo about whether her win marked a shift in the Democratic party last week.
"My mom scrubbed toilets so I could live here & I grew up seeing how the zip code one is born in determines much of their opportunity", she tweeted.
Cardillo is staring right at the essence of Ocasio-Cortez's message, but he still can't see it.
A few days after Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., commented on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's upset victory, other established figures in the party voiced concerns that what worked locally may not translate as well nationally.
Naturally, a lot of institutionalists are pretty scared of her and they're trying out all the tactics they can think of to tear her down.