Ocasio-Cortez Could Lose Her Congressional District After 2020 Census

Written by Martin Walsh

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

It’s no secret that Democratic lawmakers have grown tired of Ocasio-Cortez and her never-ending stunts.

And now Democrats may have the opportunity to eliminate AOC’s House seat, which would remove her from Congress.

New York is expected to lose a House seat after the 2020 Census, and state Democrats are reportedly looking to draw out Ocasio-Cortez’s district.

A piece from the New York Post details how Ocasio-Cortez’s decision to throw her support behind progressive and far-left candidates has ruffled the feathers of establishment Democrats.

AOC recently announced that seven House candidates will get cash from her Courage to Change PAC, and two of them are challenging incumbents.

That’s right: Ocasio-Cortez and her allies are straight up going after several longtime local Democratic lawmakers.

“It’s time to elect a progressive majority in Congress accountable to strong, grassroots movements that push support for issues like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, racial justice, & more,” she tweeted Friday.

“My ambition right now is to be a little less lonely in Congress,” AOC said.

The NY Post added:

But she may not last in Congress: Already in hot water for refusing to pay dues to her caucus’ fundraising arm, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, she’s now devoting her resources instead to defeating Democrats.

Don’t be surprised when the established Democrats who’ll control redistricting after the 2020 Census does their best to eliminate her seat.

Back in December, pollster Frank Luntz took to Twitter to share a rather harrowing reality for Ocasio-Cortez, saying, “New York is expected to lose a House seat after the 2020 Census, and state Democrats are looking to draw out @AOC’s district.”

Reports have suggested that at least a quarter of those living in Ocasio-Cortez’s district are illegal immigrants with no legal right to live in America.

As such, Ocasio-Cortez’s district may ultimately be redrawn and she may be pushed out of her congressional seat.

Here are the details from The City, which was linked by Luntz in his tweet:

For Ocasio-Cortez, a full Census count is more than a matter of making sure her district gets all the funds and services it’s due. In a sense, her own political fortunes could hang in the balance.

A review by THE CITY, building on data and analysis by The Texas Tribune, suggests Ocasio-Cortez’ district could be particularly vulnerable to undercount because a little over a quarter of those living there are non-citizens.

That’s a higher percentage than any other congressional district in the state.

A Census undercount in Ocasio-Cortez’ district and elsewhere in the state could lead to the elimination of congressional districts — potentially setting off politically charged redistricting battles.

Assuming her district remains and isn’t drawn out, Ocasio-Cortez is already in big trouble with her own constituents.

A survey from last year polled Democrats in her Bronx-Queens 14th District and found that she’s very vulnerable to a re-election challenge.

The 2020 Census is coming, and it’s becoming increasingly likely that she could be out of office in the very near future.