Former Bronx middle school principal Jamaal Bowman isn’t claiming victory yet in what looks to be a major victory for the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. Congressman Eliot Engel, a 31-year-incumbent and chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee trails Bowman in the New York House primary.
With 60% of the vote (11,507 votes), Bowman has a strong lead over Engel who recieved 36% of the vote (6,967 votes).
In the other heated Congressional race, Mondaire Jones could be the nation’s first Black Gay Congressman as he separates from the pack in the crowded NY- 17 Congressional District to succeed Congresswoman Nita Lowey.
Jones, 33, one of seven Democratics running in Tuesday’s primary earned 49% of the vote (6,803 votes) in the heavily blue sistrict which covers Rockland County and parts of Westchester County.
With tens of thousands of mail-in paper ballots yet to be counted and a week for additional ballots to arrive, the results are not expected to be finalized for several weeks.
The Westchester Board of Elections informs that election results are the unofficial tally of election results prepared in accordance with Section 9-126 of the New York State Election Law. Due to multiple transcriptions of voting machine numbers involved in preparing the unofficial tally, all results are subject to error. Furthermore, in accordance with Section 8-142 of the New York State Election Law, some of the absentee votes may not be available for inclusion in the unofficial tally.
On their website, the BOE states, that on election night, one or more election districts may not report their results. In addition, some reports may include errors that cannot be resolved election night. Official election results will be compiled and made available by the Westchester County Board of Elections in accordance with Section 9-214 of the New York State Election Law no later than twenty-five (25) days after the election.
Stay tuned to Black Westchester Magazine as we cover these two African-American congressional candidates who as of now hold double-digit leads in the neighboring congressional districts.