Does Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez represent more people than Joe Manchin?
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Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “I represent more, or just as many or more people than Joe Manchin.”
PolitiFact’s decision: False
Here’s why: After Senator Joe Manchin, DW.Va., said he could not support President Joe Biden’s safety net bill, the Build Back Better Act, a progressive House leader, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and took aim at the Senator.
“The idea of Joe Manchin saying he can’t explain this to his people is a joke,” Ocasio-Cortez said on December 20. “I mean, it’s a farce in terms of pure democracy, because I represent more or just as many or more people than Joe Manchin – maybe more,” she said.
On the digital comparison, Ocasio-Cortez is wrong. (His office did not respond to a request for this article.)
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Ocasio-Cortez represents New York’s 14th Congressional District, which includes parts of two New York City boroughs. The district’s population was 696,664 in the most recent census estimate available, as of 2019.
In contrast, Manchin, who as a senator represents the entire state of West Virginia, has 1,793,716 voters, according to the 2020 census.
This means that Manchin represents around 2.6 times more people than Ocasio-Cortez.
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Senators stand for election statewide and count the population of the entire state as a constituency. But for those who would argue that each of a state’s two senators should only represent half of the population, Ocasio-Cortez’s statement still falls short. Half of West Virginia’s population is around 900,000, almost 30% more than the Ocasio-Cortez district.
We evaluate the statement as false.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”, December 20, 2021
US Census Bureau, “2020 Population and Housing State Data,” August 12, 2021
US Census Bureau, “My Congressional District” database, accessed December 22, 2021
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