With results showing Jamaal Bowman taking a commanding 62 – 35% lead that would be nearly impossible for 31-year incumbent Congressman Eliot Engel to overcome in absentee ballots, and the Cook Political Report’s Dave Wasserman calling the race, Bowman has released the following statement declaring victory in the NY-16 Democratic primary:
“From the very beginning, we anchored our campaign in the fight for racial and economic justice. We spoke the truth — about the police, about systemic racism, about inequality — and it resonated in every part of the district.
Many doubted that we could overcome the power and money of a 31-year incumbent. But the results show that the people of NY-16 aren’t just ready for change – they’re demanding it.
We brought people together across race, across class, across religion, across gender, to fight for justice, to fight for equality, and to fight to create a country that works for all of us. We didn’t let them divide us. And we did it all without accepting a dime from corporate PACs or lobbyists.
The world has changed. Congress needs to change too. But if we can take on entrenched power and wealthy interests here in Westchester and the Bronx, then we can do it all across this country.
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.
I cannot wait to get to Washington and cause problems for the people maintaining the status quo.”