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  Are demographics destiny in the 5th District?
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ContributorPoll Vaulter 
Last EditedPoll Vaulter  Aug 08, 2018 01:55pm
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News DateWednesday, August 8, 2018 07:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez's unexpected win in New York this summer served as a stark reminder to establishment Democrats: demographics matter.

The 28-year-old managed to topple powerful, longtime incumbent Democrat U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley in the primary, in part because she ran in a district that had become more racially diverse, younger and way more receptive to a campaign that pushed certain issues including campaign finance reform and universal healthcare.

In some ways, Ocasio-Cortez's victory mirrors the changes happening in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, the state's most urban seat, which has also experienced dramatic demographic shifts in recent years. But there are some key differences from the New York district too, all of which will be on full display in the five-way, DFL primary race for the seat on Aug. 14.
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