Progressives praised U.S. House primary candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—\u0022a torchbearer for the progressive movement\u0022—for her performance Friday night in a debate against Rep. Joe Crowley, a powerful player in the Democratic Party\u0026#039;s establishment and longtime representative of New York\u0026#039;s 14th District.\u0022Not all Democrats are the same, and I am proud to be the only Democrat in this race that rejects all corporate money, and champions and advances improved and expanded Medicare for All, a federal jobs guarantee, tuition-free public college, and the abolition of ICE,\u0022 she said in her opening remarks. \u0022In a district that is 85 percent Democrat, overwhelmingly working class, and 70 percent people of color, we deserve a\u0026nbsp;working-class\u0026nbsp;champion.\u0022HAPPENING NOW: @Ocasio2018 debates Joe Crowley #NY14 https://t.co/DoBvgaU6St— People For Bernie (@People4Bernie) June 15, 2018Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is an example of what we claim we want — a voice for true equality and a champion for working people She doesn’t accept corporate PAC money. Period.#NY14 (parts of Queens + the Bronx) talk to your neighbors! @Ocasio2018 https://t.co/2u1Z8NZmv6— jeremy cabo (@jeremycabo) June 16, 2018Supporters turned to social media to celebrate Ocasio-Cortez as \u0022a champion for her district\u0022 and condemn Crowley—chair of the House Democratic Caucus—as \u0022a career politician who has long been out of touch [with] the majority of the constituency.\u0022#NY14 is in for the greatest gift imaginable: a radical young woman of color, a working class NYer, a torchbearer for the progressive movement, a kind person with zero ego and razor sharp wit, a champion for her district. Goodbye @repjoecrowley. The people choose @Ocasio2018. pic.twitter.com/jlSLbGZubP— Simone Norman (@whysimonewhy) June 16, 2018Clear difference btwn #NY14 candidates. @JoeCrowleyNY is a career politician who has long been out of touch w/the majority of the constituency while @Ocasio2018 is a public servant who’s heard from misrepresented \u0026amp; ready to fight w/their voices as her platform!#Ocasio2018 pic.twitter.com/LFx8KxaBuO— Xavier Pérez (@DOUBTMYPROGRESS) June 15, 2018Those who tuned in to the debate, which was aired locally on television, commented on the \u0022passion that [Ocasio-Cortez] showed on every issue,\u0022 concluding, \u0022You can tell she\u0026#039;s experienced these problems first hand and deeply wants to fight for change.\u0022I think the main takeaway from this debate was the passion that @Ocasio2018 showed on every issue. You can tell she\u0026#039;s experienced these problems first hand and deeply wants to fight for change.Crowley seems to care much more about national issues than #NY14 ones.— Parth Dave (@Parth_Dave) June 15, 2018Journalist Jeremy Scahill—who recently interviewed Ocasio-Cortez on his podcast Intercepted—remarked: \u0022The contrast between them couldn\u0026#039;t be more stark and Crowley seems scared. She\u0026#039;s fierce.\u0022 Ocasio-Cortez is the first primary challenger the congressman has faced in 14 years.Wow. @Ocasio2018 just destroyed @repjoecrowley in the #NY14 congressional debate. Multiple times she sent him to the ropes. The contrast between them couldn’t be more stark and Crowley seems scared. She’s fierce.— jeremy scahill (@jeremyscahill) June 15, 2018Ocasio-Cortez is campaigning on a long list of progressives stances, including: mobilizing against climate change, improving the federal government\u0026#039;s failed response to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, advancing LGBTQIA+ and women\u0026#039;s rights, and abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a federal agency that has been widely denounced for terrorizing immigrant communities and separating asylum-seeking families at the nation\u0026#039;s Southern border.The New York district\u0026#039;s primary race has garnered national attention as Ocasio-Cortez has picked up endorsements from groups such as the Justice Democrats, Our Revolution, and the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).For those who have been following @Ocasio2018 campaign for #NY14, tonight\u0026#039;s debate against @JoeCrowleyNY was a clear indication that she understands the corruption that has been hurting families for years. On 6/26 cast your vote for her and say loudly that #CrowleyMustGo https://t.co/l4TChImU00— Justice Democrats (@justicedems) June 16, 2018Honestly @Ocasio2018 did an incredible job, and I don\u0026#039;t think anyone not somehow in Joe\u0026#039;s pocket is going to be convinced to vote for him after that.Join with @DemSocialists @nycDSA @UptownBronxDSA @justicedems @OurRevolution @People4Bernie and vote for her June 26th!— Queens DSA (@QueensDSA) June 16, 2018The activist-turned-candidate is also winning over New York City-based groups. Late Friday, she picked up an endorsement from a Democratic club in Queens—which is quite a feat, considering that her opponent\u0026#039;s nickname is reportedly \u0022the King of Queens.\u0022\u0022Ocasio-Cortez is a better representative of our neighborhood,\u0022 William Salgado, chairman of the Pan-American Democratic Association, told the New York Post. \u0022She\u0026#039;s more progressive. She\u0026#039;s not behind the banks, insurance companies, and Wall Street.\u0022Honored to have to broken through to our first Queens Dem Club endorsement.“Ocasio-Cortez is a better representative of our neighborhood. She’s more progressive. She’s not behind the banks, insurance companies and Wall Street,” said the club chairman. https://t.co/uMhbiDqpfe— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) June 16, 2018New Yorkers head to the polls for the statewide primary election on June 26.