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 was the most expensive House of Representatives primary in U.S. history: more than $25 million was 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.

What is at stake

The race was highly scrutinized 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 interesting point 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 will see here is whether the money exceeds the number of bodies on the streets, and it is likely that this money does. will be,” said political strategist Hank Sheinkopf.

Sprint to the finish

Meanwhile, it was a sprint to the finish for both candidates, 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 still a thing. 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.


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