Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democratic Nominee for New York's 14th Congressional District. Photo: William B. Plowman/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images

New York Democratic House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used her family's personal story to push back on President Trump’s denial of the high death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria, tweeting that her grandfather died in the aftermath of the storm, but wasn't counted in the final figure.

The details: Her tweet comes hours after Trump on Thursday denied a George Washington University report, commissioned by the Puerto Rican government, that found nearly 3,000 people died as a result of Maria. Trump instead blamed Democrats for inflating the numbers "in order to make [him] look as bad as possible."

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SurveyMonkey poll: Trump improves, but not enough

Trump and Biden during the final debate. Photo: Xinhua/Liu Jie via Getty Images

President Trump's final debate performance exceeded Americans' expectations, but it wasn't enough to shift the dynamics that left him trailing Joe Biden across most measures, according to a new Axios-SurveyMonkey poll.

What they're saying: "Liar" was the word used most by debate watchers to describe Trump's performance, followed by "lies," "strong," "presidential" and "childish." "Presidential" was the word used most to describe Biden's performance, followed by "liar," "weak," "expected" and "honest."

Hunter Biden saga dominates online debate

Data: NewsWhip; Table: Axios Visuals

The mainstream media turned away. But online, President Trump's charges about Hunter Biden were by far the dominant storyline about the final presidential debate, according to exclusive NewsWhip data provided to Axios.

  • Coverage of business dealings by Joe Biden's son — and pre-debate allegations by one of his former business associates, Tony Bobulinski — garnered more than twice as much online activity (likes, comments, shares) as the runner-up.