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EXCLUSIVE: Ocasio-Cortez with another surprise election win - in a district she wasn't even running in

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Things are going so well for insurgent Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that she’s winning primaries she didn’t even enter.

In addition to recently whipping longtime Queens Rep. Joseph Crowley in the 14th congressional district Democratic primary, Ocasio-Cortez also won the Reform Party write-in primary over Bronx Rep. Jose Serrano in the neighboring 15th congressional district.

Neither she nor Serrano were competing for the line.

Still, the city Board of Elections was set to certify Ocasio-Cortez’s write-in victory on Tuesday. A board spokeswoman wouldn’t immediately say just how many write-in votes Ocasio-Cortez received to defeat Serrano on the Reform Party line, but it wasn’t expected to be many.

While write-in votes are not unusual, someone actually winning a race she wasn’t running for is.

a man holding a phone © Mark Lennihan / AP But having won it, Ocasio-Cortez will have to decline one of the nominations she won since state law bars individuals from being candidates for two different offices at the same time.

Bet on Ocasio-Cortez rejecting the Reform Party line in the Serrano district.

“Obviously,” her spokesman Corbin Trent said.

He added, though, that “she’s proud of every vote she’s ever gotten, I’ll tell you that.”

Ocasio-Cortez lives in the Bronx. Trent, who didn’t know she won the Reform Party vote in the neighboring congressional district until alerted by the Daily News Tuesday afternoon, said people may have heard of her from her aggressive campaigning in the neighboring district.

“It appears it may have had a little bit of a wave effect, too,” he said.

Trent said that Ocasio-Cortez has spoken highly of Serrano, who she will not be going up against in the November general election. Instead, having received national attention for winning the Democratic primary against Crowley, who was considered a potential future House speaker, Ocasio-Cortez will face off against Republican Anthony Pappas, a St. John’s University professor.

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