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6/25/2024

Rep. Jamal Bowman Unseated

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:48 pm



[guest post by Dana]

New York Democratic primary results:

George Latimer has unseated Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) in the Democratic primary in New York’s 16th Congressional District, Decision Desk HQ projects, delivering a stinging blow to progressives in what has been the party’s most divisive primary of the cycle.

Latimer, a Westchester County executive, defeated Bowman in a fierce contest that became a proxy battle between differing ideological factions of the Democratic Party, with the pivotal issue separating the candidates being their stances toward Israel amid the country’s ongoing war with Palestinian militant group Hamas.

If you recall, Bowman referred to claims of Hamas’ use of rape and other sexual violence against Israeli women on Oct. 7th “propaganda” and “lies.”

And just yesterday, in a big move, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez came out to rally the troops on behalf of Bowman. Apparently, despite her popularity, she couldn’t get him across the finish line.

—Dana

44 Responses to “Rep. Jamal Bowman Unseated”

  1. Hello.

    Dana (05d5ce)

  2. Boebert wins her contest. There must be a conservation law.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  3. As I’ve pointed out, Bowman won in 2020 in a very poor Bronx district. After the remap, he won again with no serious opposition in a much wealthier, much whiter district. That didn’t work when the spotlight was on him.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  4. “Dems tame their extremes. The Republicans surrender to them.”

    SamG (4e6c22)

  5. Meh, Boebert.

    Paul Montagu (d52d7d)

  6. The Bowman-Latimer race became the most expensive House race ever-AIPAC’s super PAC United Democracy Project dumped $14M in anti-Bowman advertising, with a total of $24M being spent in the campaign.

    Rip Murdock (c27dcc)

  7. The House is the chamber where the members don’t have a long enough term for voters to forget the stupid things they say.

    norcal (6ce905)

  8. Rip Murdock (c27dcc) — 6/25/2024 @ 8:36 pm

    AIPAC/UDP spent $9.9M against Bowman and $4.8M in support of Latimer.

    Rip Murdock (c27dcc)

  9. I look forward to asset’s and NJRob’s irrefutable assertions that this proves Democrat voters are leftists.

    lurker (c23034)

  10. “Dems tame their extremes. The Republicans surrender to them.”

    SamG (4e6c22) — 6/25/2024 @ 8:26 pm

    As we saw in the 2022 election, Democrats can also tame the Republican extremes. 😛

    norcal (6ce905)

  11. And by the way, in case it needs to be said, this is a great result. Let’s hope there will be more like it.

    lurker (c23034)

  12. I look forward to asset’s and NJRob’s irrefutable assertions that this proves Democrat voters are leftists.

    lurker (c23034) — 6/25/2024 @ 8:50 pm

    Asset will say that Bowman was defeated by the corporatist, donor-class, non-left wing of the Democrat Pary.

    norcal (6ce905)

  13. @12. Oh he’ll definitely say that. But hasn’t he been telling us that AOC is the future of the party, the near future at that? That she’ll be POTUS in ’28? How does that comport with one of her Squad co-members getting his Hamas-loving leftist a@@ kicked by 20 points in a primary (i.e., Democrat base) election?

    lurker (c23034)

  14. hasn’t he been telling us that AOC is the future of the party, the near future at that?

    lurker (c23034) — 6/25/2024 @ 9:12 pm

    He’ll say her magnificence just can’t be conferred on another person.

    norcal (6ce905)

  15. Now you’re making asset sound silly.

    lurker (c23034)

  16. But back to serious for a second, his claim has been that left-wing populism, not just AOC personally, is the direction of the Dem Party.

    lurker (c23034)

  17. Now you’re making asset sound silly.

    lurker (c23034) — 6/25/2024 @ 9:38 pm

    You’re right. I should let him speak for himself.

    norcal (6ce905)

  18. lurker (c23034) — 6/25/2024 @ 9:43 pm

    He’s the mirror image of good old DCSCA, who maintained the right-wing populism was the direction of the Republican Party.

    Unfortunately, DCSCA was correct.

    And yet, he liked Nikki Haley. Holy inconsistency!

    norcal (6ce905)

  19. You’re right. I should let him speak for himself.

    norcal (6ce905) — 6/25/2024 @ 9:45 pm

    He’s of course welcome to speak for himself, but I wasn’t right. I was kidding. Other than his civility, which I appreciate, I don’t take a word he says seriously.

    lurker (c23034)

  20. And here’s a Republican extremist going down in today’s primary:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13569043/donald-trump-utah-senate-primary-election-candidate-mitt-romney.html

    Love it!

    norcal (6ce905)

  21. norcal (6ce905) — 6/25/2024 @ 9:56 pm

    And this is a bigger deal, because it’s the Senate, and the Republican is guaranteed to win in the general election. Hopefully this guy follows in Romney’s footsteps.

    norcal (6ce905)

  22. lurker (c23034) — 6/25/2024 @ 9:54 pm

    He is civil, and he’s for the eradication of Hamas. Credit where credit is due.

    norcal (6ce905)

  23. The House is the chamber where the members don’t have a long enough term for voters to forget the stupid things they say.

    Rep Hank Johnson (D-GA) is still there after asking if Guam was going to tip over.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  24. “Dems tame their extremes. The Republicans surrender to them.”

    I really think SamG should take a look at FDR’s first term. NiRA, indeed.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  25. Boebert may have won, but Trump’s buddy in CO-5 lost.

    Trump-backed Colorado GOP chair loses House primary

    [Jeff]Crank, an official at the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity who enjoyed the endorsements of House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) and Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), defeated state GOP chair Dave Williams in the Republican primary for Colorado’s 5th Congressional District. Williams had been endorsed by Trump.

    The primary exposed clear divisions between largely conservative hardliners. Williams has been mired in controversy since taking the reins of the state GOP. He has drawn criticism from within his party after resources were used to tout Williams’s congressional run, prompting a Federal Election Commissions (FEC) complaint.

    The tipping point for some in the party came earlier this month when Williams and the state party posted anti-LGBTQ content, including a state GOP post on X that said “Burn all the #pride flags this June,” prompting Republicans to push for his ouster.

    Much more here:

    Williams is a 2020 election conspiracy theorist, favors far-right positions and calls The Colorado Sun “fake news.” Crank, meanwhile, rejects election conspiracies, believes the U.S. should aid Ukraine and has said he is open to working across the aisle to get things done.

    It wasn’t even close (66%-34%).

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  26. So I guess the GOP is taming extremes in places too.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  27. Utah’s governor also held off a challenge from the Right.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  28. Sherri Biggs won her contest in SC against the Trump-endorsed Mark Burns

    Sheri Biggs, a nurse practitioner who had the backing of Gov. Henry McMaster, defeated her GOP primary challenger in a Tuesday runoff election to clinch the Republican nomination to replace outgoing GOP Rep. Jeff Duncan in South Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District.

    The runoff election between GOP candidates Mark Burns and Sheri Biggs was triggered earlier this month after neither candidate received a majority of the vote in the state’s Republican primary election for the district.

    Biggs had been endorsed by Gov. McMaster and had also highlighted her commitment to work with former President Trump, despite his endorsement of Burns.

    Burns has touted his positions on the border and pushing back against the “woke” agenda. He had also loudly touted his endorsement from Trump on his campaign website.

    A former member of the South Carolina National Guard, Burns set up a church in Easley and has embraced the label by Time Magazine as “Donald Trump’s favorite pastor.”

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/sheri-biggs-wins-south-carolina-gop-primary-runoff-election-succeed-rep-duncan

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  29. Rick Wilson:

    Team Normal put some wins on the board tonight.

    lurker (c23034)

  30. I thought the Squad was four women of choler, one of who hides her hair and another without any.

    nk (421c01)

  31. @30. Tempting though it may be to believe that poseurs like Bowman and Cori Bush are just sparkling leftist a-holes, they have in fact been granted permission to identify by the appellation “Squad,” with all the rights and privileges appurtenant thereto.

    lurker (c23034)

  32. @24 That was then, this is now. I think you’d agree that the parties and the US are nothing like we were in the Thirties, Eighties, or even the Aughts.

    Fact remains: the extremes on the left have little/no power in the Democratic Party, while the extremes on the right are in control of the Republican Party.

    Sam G (87ab56)

  33. Another win for Team Normal:

    Republican Jeff Hurd beats election denier boosted by Democrats in race for Boebert seat

    Establishment-backed Republican candidate Jeff Hurd has won his GOP primary for Rep. Lauren Boebert’s (R) seat in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, according to a projection from Decision Desk HQ.

    Hurd, an attorney in Grand Junction, won a competitive Republican contest over candidates including former state Rep. Ron Hanks (R), who had been elevated by Democrats who saw him as the weaker opponent in November.

    Hurd, who enjoyed the backing of prominent Republicans in the state and the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity Action, launched his candidacy last August while Boebert was still planning to make another run for her current seat in the 3rd District.

    However, Boebert later decided to run in the 4th Congressional District in eastern Colorado, a more solidly Republican House seat, to avoid another expensive and potentially close race in the 3rd — she won reelection in 2022 by fewer than 600 votes.

    Hurd’s win is particularly notable given that a Democratic-aligned super PAC and Democratic candidate Adam Frisch’s campaign waded into the GOP primary, airing ads to either elevate Hanks, an election denier, or target the more mainstream Hurd over evading debates and questions around his stances.

    The idea behind Democrats’ strategy was to make Hanks seem like the more appealing conservative for GOP voters to cast ballots for in the primary, with the thinking being that his controversial views on things like the 2020 election would likely turn off moderate Republicans and independents in the general elections, making it easier for a Democrat to win the seat in November.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  34. Fact remains: the extremes on the left have little/no power in the Democratic Party, while the extremes on the right are in control of the Republican Party.

    The House Freedom Caucus is splitting. Numerous Trump-backed candidates lost to establishment candidates. Let me know when the Democrat House members stop defending their antisemites and militant socialists.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  35. https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2024/jun/25/bowman-falls-in-house-primary-overtaken-by-flood-o/

    At least the NY Times got around to changing the headline after getting called out for their racism.

    Too bad for them, the internet is forever.

    NJRob (609f80)

  36. Kevin M (a9545f) — 6/25/2024 @ 7:11 pm

    As I’ve pointed out, Bowman won in 2020 in a very poor Bronx district.

    That’s not so.

    While its Congressman, Elliot Engel career originated in the Bronx, his Congressional district, to which he was originally elected in 1988, the district it gradually changed so that more and more of it was outside the city and almost all of it was in Westchester and only some 10% was in the Bronx. It didn’t change terribly much in 2022 and in 20024. This year it was perhaps a bit more favorable to Bowman than in 2022 (a lawsuit caused further redistricting)

    Elliot Engel, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was defeated for inattention and age two year after Joseph Crowley lost his race to Alexandria Ocasio Cortez.

    Sammy Finkelman (e4ef09)

  37. Kevin M (a9545f) — 6/25/2024 @ 7:08 pm

    Boebert wins her contest. There must be a conservation law

    She changed districts and ran for a seat (next number, but across the state) in which a more moderate Republican retired, and won a plurality n a crowded field.

    Sammy Finkelman (e4ef09)

  38. 30. nk (421c01) — 6/26/2024 @ 4:41 am

    I thought the Squad was four women of choler, one of who hides her hair and another without any.

    All the remaining members of the Squad are female, and I think there were now seven.

    Sammy Finkelman (e4ef09)

  39. Bowman was leading in early returns (which came from the Bronx) in wich he got some 82% of the vote. Overall, Lattimore won 58% which means he got over 60% in Westchester. There was also a lot of early voting by members of Jewish congregations and other opponents of Bowman.

    Sammy Finkelman (e4ef09)

  40. Cori Bush is next on August 7 and possibly Ilhan Omar in Minnesota, who nearly lost her primary 2 years ago and is now in a rematch.

    Sammy Finkelman (e4ef09)

  41. The problem with this kind of activist congressperson is that their district suffers since they step on so many toes. Unable to compromise they are also unable to bargain. BTW, this also goes for the MTGs of the world. If the bulk of your party doesn’t want to help you keep your seat, you aren’t getting that senior center you wanted the earmark for.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  42. Bowman is now blaming AIPAC for his loss. If not for that Jewish money, etc.

    Kevin M (a9545f)

  43. Kevin,

    so did the NY Times as I linked above.

    NJRob (917499)

  44. About 9% of Bowman’s district was Jewish but turnout by Jews was much higher so that Jewish people amounted to over 20% of the vote. There was an organized campaign to turn out that vote. One organization was called Westchester Unites.

    Earlier, in Pennsylvania there was a campaign led by something called Pennsylvania Unites to turn out Jewish voters (not for any candidate, but just to turn out) because the Pennsylvania Presidential primary was scheduled for the first day of Passover. This would never happen in New York State (the primary would be rescheduled and also if it took place the day before, if not for the voters then for the candidates and poll watchers) but Pennsylvania is not so sensitive, but now there is a lot of absentee voting, and in Pennsylvania an absentee voting can also be filled in in person at the county election office.

    They targeted 38,000 likely Jewish voters in Pennsylvania for the presidential primary, sending 155,000 pieces of mail, 43.000 text messages and lots of digital advertising and found that 81% of their targeted voters turned in their mail ballots by the deadline (but not much ahead of broader population in the state. which was 77.5%)

    Source: A New York Daily News op-ed piece by Maury Litwack who is the founder of something called Teach Action Fund.

    In the New York Bowman primary, where mail in balloting is less common, he first targeted people to re-enroll in the Democratic Party in order to vote in the primary. The deadline for switching parties in New York State used to be before the previous year’s November election, but now it s-=is February 14. They got 2,000 voters to change their party enrollment which was 15% of the targeted voters (so over 13,000 were targeted) and their goal had been only 10%. In other re-enrollment campaigns around the country a good result might be considered 2%.

    They also wanted to try to get their targeted voters to cast mail-in ballots. They determined that 38% of Westchester ballot requests came from Jewish voters – a rate almost 5 times the rate of non-Jewish (non targeted) voters.

    They also got 125 synagogue communities to try to get their members to vote and at he earliest opportunity. They didn’t care about Shabbat because they were driving voters to vote on the first day of early voting which was Saturday. (they couldn’t wait until Sunday? And there was a whole week of it – 9 days including the next Saturday and Sunday. Of course many of them were Reform.)

    They had more than 200 volunteers who knocked on doors, made phone calls, had tables at events and “marshalled personal networks” (that would seem to mean contacted people they knew personally).

    They sent out 76,000 pieces of mail and 102,752 text messages and had volunteers make more than 50,000 calls and knocked on 12,500 doors.

    Sammy FInkelman (e4ef09)

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