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What to Consider in Tuesday's New York Primaries

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Former middle school principal Jamaal Bowman poses outside a subway station on June 17, 2020 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Jeenah Moon/Getty Images)

By Tuesday, 23 June 2020 06:11 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Democrats in New York are going to have primary battles Tuesday in U.S. House districts where they are sure to gain national election. 

At least one contest, which features a spirited battle for survival by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, could have an impact on the leadership in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives.

With the backing of Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Democratic Party organization, the New York Board of Elections canceled the presidential preference portion of the primary after Joe Biden had wrapped up the nomination in April.

A group of dissidents led by multi-millionaire entrepreneur and former presidential candidate Andrew Yang promptly filed a lawsuit in federal court insisting he should not be removed from the ballot because he had met state requirements.

The “Yang Gang” was joined by a group of Bernie Sanders supporters, who denounced the end of the presidential primary. Along with demonstrating that Sanders still had a following, backers of the self-styled socialist such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., felt that a larger turnout would assist leftist challengers to sitting House Democrats in at least four New York City-area districts.

A look, then, at the key Democratic Party primaries in the Empire State follows.

New York-16 (Bronx) — Rep. Eliot Engel is easily the most endangered New York Democrat in the House. Pitted against former school principal and confirmed leftist Jamaal Bowman, Engel has the backing of establishment Democrats from Cuomo to Sen. Charles Schumer, while Bowman is backed by Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez. A just-released poll by the far-left Data for Progress showed newcomer Bowman leading 31-year incumbent Engel by a 41% to 31% margin districtwide.

New York-14 (Queens) — Two years after Ocasio-Cortez came out of nowhere to upset House Democratic Conference Chairman Joe Crowley, the avowed socialist faces a well-funded challenge from Wall Street-funded former TV newscaster Michelle Caruso-Cabrera. But Ocasio-Cortez has raised more than $10 million, most of it in contributions of $200 or less, and may benefit from Caruso-Cabrera’s past as a Republican and her book in which she praises Ronald Reagan.

New York-15 (Bronx) — The worst nightmare of Democrats in New York, and perhaps nationwide, is that of Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr. topping the 12-candidate Democratic Party primary to succeed retiring Democrat Rep. Jose Serrano. An outspoken foe of the LGBTQ agenda, Pentecostal minister Diaz is strongly pro-life and has invited both President Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to address his congregation. Diaz, whose namesake-son is the popular Bronx borough president, also has a long record of endorsing Republicans for office. As much as they fear and dislike Diaz, the left is divided between two major opponents: Ritchie Torres, the first openly gay member of the New York City Council, and Ocasio-Cortez-endorsed community organizer Samelys Lopez.

New York-9 (Brooklyn) — Another possible cause for heartache among liberal Democrats would be liberal Rep. Yvette Clark’s defeat at the hands of City Councilman Chaim Deutsch. An Orthodox Jew and self-styled conservative Democrat, Deutsch built an organization through local neighborhood watch and citizen patrol organizations.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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