Bowman Officially Declared Winner Over Engel in NY-16

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Jamaal Bowman: With the overwhelming majority of absentee ballots now counted, results show that it is now mathematically impossible for Eliot Engel to overcome Jamaal’s 13,000-vote lead.
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The AP has officially called the race and declared Jamaal Bowman the winner in New York’s 16th Congressional District, completing a stunning 16-point upset over the 31-year incumbent.

With the overwhelming majority of absentee ballots now counted, results show that it is now mathematically impossible for Eliot Engel to overcome Jamaal’s 13,000-vote lead. Bowman released the following statement on his victory:

“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.

“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.

“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 ready to get to work. I cannot wait to get to Washington and cause problems for the people maintaining the status quo.”

About Jamaal Bowman

Jamaal Bowman is the Democratic nominee and likely next Member of Congress in New York’s 16th District, representing parts of Westchester County and the Bronx. Dr. Bowman has been an educator and advocate for public schools for over 20 years and most recently served as principal for the Cornerstone Academy for Social Action (CASA), a public middle school he founded in 2009 in the Baychester neighborhood of The Bronx. He is a life-long New Yorker who now lives in Yonkers with his wife and their three kids.

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