In a turn of events Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez likely never expected, it’s been discovered that the 2020 census is likely to lead to the removal of a NY House seat, and rumor has it that the freshman congresswoman’s seat may be the first on the chopping block.
The 2020 census is expected to lead to some seismic changes in many states, and New York is no exception. Due to the exodus of residents from the state, NY is projected to lose at least one seat.
Pollster Frank Luntz speculated on Tuesday that “state Democrats are looking to draw out @AOC’s district” due to her unwillingness to play nice with the state party.
Additionally, due to the large percentage of undocumented immigrants residing in Ocasio-Cortez’s district, local news outlet The City reported in August that “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.”
The outlet reports that this fear of losing her district is what motivated Ocasio-Cortez to make a rare appearance in the Bronx in July to launch a campaign encouraging her constituents to participate in the 2020 census.
Of course, Ocasio-Cortez has many options if she does end up losing NY’s 14th district. She’s already spent considerable time stumping for 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, leading to speculation that she’s vying for a position in his potential administration.
She could simply move to another district, as she lacks a significant presence in the neighborhood as it is. She could also aim for higher office, utilizing her status as a rising star among the young progressive contingent to challenge longtime Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY).