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In ‘Knock Down the House,’ the rise of an AOC-led storm
NEW YORK — Early scenes in Rachel Lears' documentary "Knock Down the House" take place far away from the halls of power. At a New York taco and tequila bar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is filling ice buckets in the basement. It's six months before the primary that turned Ocasio-Cortez into a liberal phenomenon. Then trailing far behind in the polls, few expected her to win the race for New York's 14th district and unseat incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley, who had served for two decades and hadn't faced a primary challenger in 14 years.