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Ocasio-Cortez fends off challenger in House primary

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA may violate courts with new rule extending life of unlined coal ash ponds | Trump reverses course, approving assistance for California wildfires | Climate change, national security among topics for final Trump-Biden debate Biden distances himself from Green New Deal during town hall Ocasio-Cortez, progressives call on Senate not to confirm lobbyists or executives to future administration posts MORE easily won the Democratic primary in New York’s 14th District, virtually guaranteeing herself a second House term in the safe blue district.

Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive star, fended off Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, a former CNBC television anchor who attracted the support of moderates and had the backing of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which usually endorses Republicans. She was leading with 74 percent of the vote, compared to Caruso-Cabrera's 19 percent, with less 2 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press.

Caruso-Cabrera also had financial support of a handful of Wall Street executives and raised more than $2 million while plowing $1 million of her own money into the campaign.

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But Ocasio-Cortez's campaign team and fundraising abilities are nearly unmatched in the House. She has spent more than $6 million this cycle defending her seat and has built a massive political team and an even bigger money machine.

The New York Democrat has nearly 40 staffers on her campaign, a team more comparable to that of a top-tier Senate campaign than a congresswoman seeking reelection in a safe seat.

Ocasio-Cortez surged to political stardom after defeating longtime Rep. Joseph Crowley (D) in 2018.

A handful of progressive insurgent candidates have followed in Ocasio-Cortez's footsteps, with Jamaal Bowman looking likely to oust 16-term Rep. Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelIs Trump a better choice for Jewish voters than Biden? Overnight Defense: Trump says he's leaving Walter Reed, 'feeling really good' after COVID-19 treatment | White House coronavirus outbreak grows | Dems expand probe into Pompeo speeches House Democrats push forward on probe of Pompeo's political speeches MORE (D-N.Y.) in a primary that was also being decided on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, in Kentucky, progressive Charles Booker was looking to prevail on Tuesday over Democratic establishment favorite Amy McGrath in the primary to determine who faces off against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Schumer labels McConnell's scheduled coronavirus stimulus vote as 'a stunt' Pelosi gives White House 48-hour deadline for coronavirus stimulus deal MORE (R-Ky.) in November.

Ocasio-Cortez will enter the general election as the heavy favorite in the reliably Democratic House district.