Congresswoman-elect Ocasio-Cortez says she can't afford apartment in DC

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She may have become a political star with her upset win, but congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she won't be able to afford an apartment in Washington until after her new salary kicks in.

The 29-year-old is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

Ocasio-Cortez tells the New York Times that she has no income during the three-month window before she takes office.

She says such financial struggles often block low-income people from pursuing office.

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