Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, pushed back against criticism arguing that progressivism proved to be detrimental for Democrats in many key political races. 

Ocasio-Cortez responded to a tweet that listed Democrats who won their senate race and support Medicare for All. “These members deserve a lot of props. They took a risk-based on their values, gut, & experience, & didn’t let themselves get bullied out of cosponsorship,” she wrote.

Ocasio-Cortez added, “There’s a myth that progressive leg doesn’t win swing seats. But that’s what it is: a myth. And it’s time we called it that.”

Her tweet called out Maine's Jared Golden, Arizona's Ann Kirkpatrick, California's California's Mike Levin and Katie Porter as well as Pennsylvania's Susan Wild and Matt Cartwright. AOC also praised Levin for supporting the Green New Deal. 

She noted that most of these election winners leaned towards grassroots fundraising rather than accepting huge corporate donations. "And also a TON of the swing seat class ran without accepting corporate PAC money," she added. 

AOC recently admitted that other Democrats don't really know her and instead believe that she is the caricature conservative media portrays.

“House leadership is, sometimes, a little wary of me speaking on the floor. Not that I’m not allowed to, but it’s a little more dicey,” she said in a Vanity Fair cover story. “I think a lot of people, including my Democratic colleagues, believe the Fox News version of me.”

Most recently, Cortez won a second term in Congress, trouncing her Republican challenger's multimillion-dollar effort to oust her from office, The New York Times reported.

Early results from the NYC Board of Elections showed Ocasio-Cortez with about 69% of the vote as she faced off against John Cummings and Michelle Caruso. 

aoc Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez waits to hear testimony from Michael Cohen before the House Oversight Committee on Capitol Hill on Feb. 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Democrats had hoped to expand their majority in the House, but instead, they saw their majority cut, and Republicans came closer to potentially taking the House.

House Republicans are defying expectations this week by gaining seats. Much of the Republican victories came from female candidates.

At least 13 non-incumbent Republican women have won their contests so far, according to CNN projections. That breaks the record from 2010 of 9 non-incumbent GOP women winning House races, according to data from the Center for American Women and Politics.

NBC estimates Democrats will hold 226 House seats, while Republicans will have 209. However, these figures can change as votes are still being counted.

In races called by NBC, Republicans have flipped a net six seats. Democrats have won 208 seats, the GOP has carried 195 and 32 remain uncalled.