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Jamaal Bowman, Far-Left Primary Challenger, Set To Oust 16-Term NY Congressman; Releases Victory Statement

By  Eric Quintanar
   DailyWire.com
YONKERS, NY - JUNE 23: New York Democratic House candidate Jamaal Bowman greets supporters on June 23, 2020 in Yonkers, New York. Jamaal Bowman is running to unseat Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY) for the 16th congressional district.
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[UPDATEThis article has been updated with a quote from the Engel campaign stating in part that it is “premature” to declare a winner in the race.

Left-wing candidate Jamaal Bowman has declared victory in his primary challenge against Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY), the establishment-backed chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee who has served in Congress since 1989.

“I’m a Black man who was raised by a single mother in a housing project. That story doesn’t usually end in Congress. But today, that 11-year old boy who was beaten by police is about to be your next Representative,” Bowman tweeted on Wednesday morning. “I cannot wait to get to Washington and cause problems for the people maintaining the status quo.”

While the official results of the race are not yet known, Bowman’s statement was released after Cook Political Report editor Dave Wasserman called the race in Bowman’s favor, and argued that Engel’s vote tally deficit was too substantial to overcome through incoming absentee ballots.

The Engel campaign has called any attempts to declare a winner in the election as undermining of the democratic process, reports Spectrum News 1 New York.

“There are many thousands of absentee ballots that will need to be counted, and that count won’t begin for another six days. Any declarative statement on the outcome of this race right now is premature and undermines the democratic process,” said the Engel campaign, reports Spectrum News 1 New York. 

“Congressman Engel strongly believes that every absentee ballot should be counted, especially during this pandemic,” the statement continued. “In the meantime, the Congressman will continue his work for the people of the Bronx and Westchester.”

Hank Scheinkopf, a New York-based political consultant, told Bloomberg News that while he believes that it isn’t impossible for Engel to win if absentee ballots overwhelmingly favor him, “regardless, change is here to stay.”

Over the last few weeks, Engel received high-profile endorsements from Democratic establishment figures, including from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Many of his endorsements came after Engel received heat for a hot mic moment during which he begged an organizer to let him speak at a local event, seemingly so that his constituents – many likely aware of the Atlantic Magazine report claiming that Engel didn’t spend much of his quarantine in his own district, but in Maryland – would actually see him in New York City.

On the other hand, Bowman boasted endorsements from far-left politicians, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), whose 2018 primary upset occurred in the neighboring district, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

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