A newcomer to politics in New York has sent a shock wave through the establishment of the democratic Party and declare victory on a holder 31-year-old.
Part and parcel, Bowman, 44, a former school principal from the Bronx, has a solid lead on Eliot Engel in the 16th arrondissement.
His campaign was compared to the staggering victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in an area of the neighbouring Congress of New York two years ago.
The final results can take weeks, but the advance of Mr. Bowman seems to be insurmountable.
The primary elections Tuesday have tested the influence of the democratic left at a time when the standard-bearer of the party for the November presidential election is a moderate, Joe Biden.
On Wednesday, Mr. Bowman had collected 60,7% of the votes, compared to 34.7 per cent for Mr. Engel, according to the preliminary figures of the bureau of elections of the State.
In the district of New York to the liberal trend, the one who wins the primary is virtually assured of beating his opponent republican in the general elections of the autumn.
“I am a Black raised by a single mother in a housing project. This story usually ends not at the Convention “, has tweeted Wednesday, Mr. Bowman, 44 years old.
“But today, this 11-year old boy beaten by the police is about to be your representative.
“I look forward to getting to DC and cause problems to those who maintain the status quo. ”
But Mr Engel – that is the chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the House of representatives – has not assigned, his campaign citing a record number of ballots to absentee vote not yet counted due to the pandemic of sars coronavirus.
Mr. Bowman ran on a platform of racial justice, calling for the funding of the forces of law and order, an idea considered by the moderates of the party as too radical this election season.
He has won the endorsements of senator darling progressive Bernie Sanders, senator Elizabeth Warren and Ms. Ocasio-Cortez.
Mr. Engel, a member of the Congress of 16 mandates, has been approved by Hillary Clinton, the speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and the Congressional Black Caucus.
Mr. Engel, 73-year-old, has not helped when it was heard at the beginning of the month of June in a microphone during a press conference dedicated to Black Lives Matter, claiming that he had only come because of his election imminent.
“If I didn’t have a primary,” he said, ” I don’t care. ”
Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has rejected a challenge Tuesday in his New York city neighbourhood of the former tv presenter of CNBC, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, 53-year-old.
Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has collected approximately 70% of the vote. His opponent, who was supported by the american Chamber of commerce to trend conservative, won less than 20%.
The featured liberal was a former waitress, 28-years-old when she caused an earthquake policy two years ago by beating Joe Crowley, a democrat from the House of high-ranking officials who held the 14th district for the past two decades.
It was a night rewarding for at least another progressive black after a campaign in a primary being conducted in the middle of the protests, anti-racism resulting from the murder by police of a black man unarmed, George Floyd, Minneapolis, Minnesota, last month.
In central Virginia, Cameron Webb has beaten decisively three opponents white in the primary for a seat in the House of the United States that democrats hope to win for republicans. It would be the first doctor in an african-american in Congress if he were elected in November.
In Kentucky, during this time, another progressive black, Charles Booker, hopes to beat the favorite of the establishment, Amy McGrath to become the candidate of democratic party in the Senate.
Ms. McGrath, a well-financed, had the advantage over Mr. Booker in the first results, but hundreds of thousands of bulletins for voting by correspondence are pending and the final results will be known only next week at the earliest.