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U.S. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez raises $200K after battling Jagmeet Singh in hit video game Among Us

A video game livestream session between federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and a U.S. lawmaker has raised more than $200,000 US in donations.

Funds raised went toward initiatives aimed at reducing food and housing insecurity

A video game livestream session between federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, left, and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has raised more than $200,000 US in donations to help reduce food and housing insecurity in the U.S. (@theJagmeetSingh/Twitter, Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

A video game livestream session between federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and a U.S. lawmaker has raised more than $200,000 US in donations.

New York City Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said on Saturday the funds raised during her battle with Singh on the popular online multiplayer game Among Us went toward a number of initiatives aimed at reducing food and housing insecurity in the United States.

"Grateful to all who joined us last night! Wonderful learning from you @theJagmeetSingh," the firebrand Democrat said on Twitter.

"Thank you for reminding us that another world is not only possible, but just a few hours' drive from NYC," she added, referring to affordable health care and more generous employment insurance north of the border.

Singh responded: "It was awesome chatting with you about how we can build a better world. In Canada, things aren't perfect and we face many of the same challenges. But, together we can do better."

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NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talked politics while playing Among Us on Twitch. 0:47

The New Democrat leader, who challenged Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday, said the aim of the friendly head-to-head was to connect with young people.

He told The Canadian Press that the two politicians share progressive values on health care, economic equality and climate change — views that align with a growing slice of younger voters.

With files from The Canadian Press

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