George Latimer wins NY-16 primary and CBS News projects, defeating incumbent Jamaal Bowman

NEW YORK – CBS News projects George Latimer won the closely watched award Democratic primary election in New York’s 16th Congressional District, defeating incumbent Jamaal Bowman.

It is the most expensive House primary race in U.S. history, with more than $25 million raised and spent.

A recent Emerson College poll showed Latimer, who entered the race in December, well ahead of Bowman 48 to 31 percent, with 21 percent of voters undecided.

The race has divided prominent Democrats. House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Bowman, while Latimer was endorsed by former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a Westchester County resident, as well as by Rep. Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey. , with Bowman’s former ally Mondaire Jones.

Speaking to the supporters Tuesday eveningLatimer spoke of the need to heal the wounds of division in the district and the nation.

“We need to come together and connect with each other. We need to look at the arguments of the far right and the far left and say you cannot destroy this country with your rhetoric and your arguments,” he said. he declared. “We have to have unity all along this continuum, and if you have a strong belief in that, you still have to work with other people who don’t share that belief, because America is at stake.”

Bowman also spoke to his own supporters.

“We should not adapt to a sick society. We should be outraged. We should be outraged when a dark money Super PAC can spend $20 million to brainwash people into believing something that is not true. We should be outraged by that,” he said.

He also hinted that he might run again in the future.

“You know Jamaal Bowman isn’t going anywhere, right? Because if we can raise $5 million in six months, what can we do in about a year, a year and a half?” he said. “There are a lot of other seats to run for, you know what I’m saying?”

What is at stake

The race had been closely watched because it was seen as a battle between the left and centrist wings of the Democratic Party. A fundamental distinction between Bowman and Latimer was their approaches to the Israel-Hamas war. Bowman, the outgoing president, has been highly critical of Israel’s response to the October 7 Hamas attack, and called for a ceasefire.

Latimer currently serves as Westchester County Executive. He is largely supportive of Israel since the attackeven when visiting the country.

Another point of interest for political observers is that Bowman is also a member of the so-called “Squad”, which includes Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez And Ilhan Omar. Bowman was the first member of the “Squad” to lose a race, ousted by a centrist.

“One side has enormous resources, and the other side has organizational capacity. What we’re going to see here is whether the money outweighs the number of bodies on the streets, and it’s likely that money will,” said political strategist Hank Sheinkopf.

Meanwhile, CBS News projects that Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic primary in New York’s 14th Congressional District, defeating challenger Martin Dolan.

Sprint to the finish

It was a sprint to the finish for Bowman and Latimer, who had busy days. Bowman visited various voting centers, while Latimer focused his time on local businesses.

“It’s numbers versus money. We can’t let a lot of money come into our district and buy our district,” Bowman said.

“The people on the far left, the Squad, want to make statements and sort of try to move the dialogue forward. I’m not worried about moving the dialogue forward. I want to see if we can resolve the issues,” he said. Latimer said.

Voters have their say

The torrent of ads seemed to affect some, but others said it was day-to-day issues and day-to-day performance that informed their decisions.

“Some people have said to vote for Bowman, but then why is he getting so much negative press?” said one voter, who added that the ads influenced their decision.

“Health care is always a concern. Crime is still a problem,” said voter Jacob Mobley.

“Someone who is loyal, consistent, and not just running for office, but someone who will actually be here consistently,” said voter Zamirah El-Amin.

Click here for complete results from the New York primary.

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