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Increasing polarisation points to stark choice in 2020 US poll

Americans will either have to consolidate to the right or change course completely

In less than two weeks since taking her seat in the house, Bronx-born Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, at 29 the youngest congresswoman ever, has elicited some of the sharpest reactions to a freshly minted representative on Capitol Hill - out of proportion, many analysts say, to her age and inexperience.

The strongest focus is not on her age, her middle-class background nor her Puerto Rican descent - though all have been raised, ridiculed, challenged or alluded to.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 17, 2019, with the headline 'Increasing polarisation points to stark choice in 2020 US poll'. Print Edition | Subscribe