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By Gregory Krieg, CNN

And you will know her name.

A day before Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 28, clinched her remarkable Democratic primary victory in New York's 14th Congressional District, she took a moment to note how she was being described in the political press.

"A Girl Has No Name: Headlines from the Political Patriarchy," she tweeted. In the tabloids and on some local television stations, she was, over and again, simply Rep. Joe Crowley's "primary opponent."

A little more than 24 hours later, that's beginning to change. Ocasio-Cortez, fresh off a thorough defeat of the 10-term incumbent, the No. 4 House Democrat, is quickly becoming a household name.

Her win on Tuesday caps off a remarkable ascent -- which will likely make her the youngest person in Congress come 2019. Should she defeat her Republican opponent, she will arrive in Washington with a clear progressive agenda -- to push for "Medicare for all," the abolition of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and legislation to drag big money out of politics.

Ocasio-Cortez's own story begins in the Bronx, the same borough that, along with parts of Queens, delivered for her on primary day. She was born and raised there, the daughter of working class Puerto Rican parents -- her father born in the South Bronx (he died in 2008, while she was in college); her mother on the island -- she went on to study at Boston University and work in the the office of liberal lion Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts.

And you will know her name.

A day before Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 28, clinched her remarkable Democratic primary victory in New York's 14th Congressional District, she took a moment to note how she was being described in the political press.

"A Girl Has No Name: Headlines from the Political Patriarchy," she tweeted. In the tabloids and on some local television stations, she was, over and again, simply Rep. Joe Crowley's "primary opponent."

A little more than 24 hours later, that's beginning to change. Ocasio-Cortez, fresh off a thorough defeat of the 10-term incumbent, the No. 4 House Democrat, is quickly becoming a household name.

Her win on Tuesday caps off a remarkable ascent -- which will likely make her the youngest person in Congress come 2019. Should she defeat her Republican opponent, she will arrive in Washington with a clear progressive agenda -- to push for "Medicare for all," the abolition of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and legislation to drag big money out of politics.

Ocasio-Cortez's own story begins in the Bronx, the same borough that, along with parts of Queens, delivered for her on primary day. She was born and raised there, the daughter of working class Puerto Rican parents -- her father born in the South Bronx (he died in 2008, while she was in college); her mother on the island -- she went on to study at Boston University and work in the the office of liberal lion Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts.

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