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Jim Clyburn

Crowley's loss divides stunned Democrats about the future of party leadership

Crowley's loss divides stunned Democrats about the future of party leadership

House Democrats felt the sting Wednesday of the growing progressive, anti-establishment movement that felled one of their rising stars, leaving the future of party leadership up in the air as they head into what could be a big midterm election.

Rep. Joseph Crowley's defeat, in Tuesday's New York primary at the hands of a first-time, 28-year-old challenger, left Democrats with no natural heir to the trio of 70-somethings who have led the caucus since early last decade. That the victor, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has called for a new generation of leadership at the helm only raised the stakes for the tenure of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

The California Democrat...

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