Ocasio-Cortez Is Vulnerable To A Primary Challenge, Survey Suggests

Written by Martin Walsh

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez often boasts about her “power” and how she’s the future of the Democratic Party.

But the New York socialist lawmaker could only serve one term in office if certain poll numbers among her constituents hold.

Stop The AOC political action committee ran a survey with Democrats in her Bronx-Queens 14th District, and Ocasio-Cortez is very vulnerable to a re-election challenge.

The survey found that 47 percent of Democrats in the 14th Congressional District view AOC favorably — but 29 percent view her unfavorably and 25 percent are unsure.

In other words, a whopping 54 percent of voters in her district either dislike her or haven’t been able to come around to liking her.

When voters were asked if they supported Ocasio-Cortez’s efforts to “ruin the Amazon deal that would have created 25,000 jobs in the neighborhood,” 37 percent said “yes,” 35 percent said “no,” and 28 percent were “unsure.”

Dan Backer, founder of Stop The AOC, said anger from voters gives Ocasio-Cortez’s challenger plenty of ammunition to attack her for pushing Amazon to back out of a deal for a headquarters and campus in Long Island City.

“The argument against AOC is Amazon, Amazon and also Amazon,” Backer said, adding that it’s clear she is anti-jobs and anti-business.

The New York Post reports:

The Post previously reported that the anti-AOC group was spending money to gauge opposition to her in the district.

Voters were also asked if they believe AOC spends more time focusing on social media than helping New Yorkers in her district.

The results found that 40% said AOC is helping her district more, 22% said she’s focusing on social media more, and the remaining 38% were unsure.

Respondents were mixed on whether they would support a primary challenger to AOC — 26% said likely or somewhat likely, 43% said unlikely or somewhat unlikely with nearly a third undecided.

Canvassers for the anti-AOC group door knocked on over 5,400 Democratic households and interviewed 817 registered Dems. About two-thirds of respondents said they knew of the first-term congresswoman.

The survey also found that a third of Democrats were open to supporting a Republican challenger in the 2020 general election.

“After surveying voters in 817 Democratic homes in the district, it’s clear Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is not sitting well with the voters she was elected to serve. The opportunity for a new voice is prevalent in the Democratic primary, and the electorate is ready to take action in 2020,” said Justin Greiss, of Mobilize the Message, whose group conducted the survey for the STOP the AOC group.

This is the second time in less than a month that it has become clear Ocasio-Cortez could seriously lose re-election in 2020.

According to Federal Election Commission data, almost no one from Ocasio-Cortez’s district is donating to her re-election campaign.

Over 99 percent of AOC’s reported contributors to her reelection campaign in the first half of 2019 came from people who do not live in her congressional district.

Just 10 individuals living in her district in the first half of 2019.

If her own constituents aren’t donating to AOC, that’s a big problem because it may result in many not voting for her reelection.

With all of this considered, many are starting to see that AOC’s political future is in serious jeopardy.