Eliot Engel (D-NY) appears to have been defeated in the biggest upset in Tuesday’s primaries. Engel who has been a member of Congress since 1989 trails upstart Jamaal Bowman 61 – 36 in race that hasn’t been officially called or conceded yet.
Engel heads the high profile House Foreign Affairs Committee and his defeat is being compared to Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s upset victory in 2018. Engel was backed by New York political powerhouses Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, and Governor Cuomo. Bowman is a middle school teacher.
— Dustin Stockton (@DustinStockton) June 24, 2020
Bowman declared victory on Social Media:
We celebrate this movement — a movement designed to push back against a system that’s literally killing us.
— Jamaal Bowman (@JamaalBowmanNY) June 24, 2020
Engel raised $1,997,994 in defeat against just $965,857 from Bowman.
The incumbent @RepEliotEngel is a representation of the “old guard” that transcends political party lines. @JamaalBowmanNY is a represenatation of the power that new ideas have(whether you agree or not) and renewed belief people & their voices are more powerful then political $$ pic.twitter.com/RMrRdkv3T9
— Jennifer Lynn Lawrence (@JenLawrence21) June 24, 2020