Progressive candidates who could be the ‘next Ocasio-Cortez’ prepare for primaries

Here are some progressives who are vying to become the next Ocasio-Cortez.

July 15, 2018, 6:12 AM

Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez lavished praise on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently calling her “the future of our party.”

After the 28-year-old progressive candidate unseated House Democratic Caucus chair Rep. Joseph Crowley in an upset in New York’s 14th Congressional District, candidates across the country are looking to her for inspiration.

ABC News spoke with a few of them about their visions for the upcoming primary elections and the nation.

Abdul El-Sayed

Running to be Michigan’s next governor, Abdul El-Sayed, 33, is a medical doctor and Rhodes Scholar who’s been endorsed by Justice Democrats, a progressive advocacy group, Our Revolution, a group borne out of Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign that supports “a new generation of progressive leaders”, and Ocasio-Cortez.

“I believe a politics of working hard for economic, social, and racial justice can succeed anywhere in America. Michigan is blessed to have Abdul El-Sayed as a candidate for Governor, and I am proud to support him,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

I believe a politics of working hard for economic, social, and racial justice can succeed anywhere in America.

Michigan is blessed to have @AbdulElSayed as a candidate for Governor, and I am proud to support him.https://t.co/H4NEtNHPWO pic.twitter.com/ZjQ7JcQXRv

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