The Democratic primary for an open congressional seat in New York City’s northern suburbs has been claimed by Mondaire Jones, 33, a progressive candidate backed by high-profile members of the left wing of the Democratic party.
Jones, an attorney, defeated a number of other contenders to represent New York’s 17th Congressional District, according to The Associated Press. The spot is currently held by Rep. Nita Lowey, who is retiring after more than 30 years in Congress. The district, which has a hard Democratic lean, represents parts of Westchester County and all of Rockland County.
New York’s primary election voting ended June 23, but a large number of ballots continued coming in by mail. An analysis by the Associated Press of the absentee ballots returned so far indicated Tuesday that Jones' lead was too high for the other candidates to comeback from.
Jones received endorsements from big names in progressive politics like U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren as well as U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. His defeated primary opponents include former U.S. Defense Department official Evelyn Farkas, state Sen. David Carlucci and Adam Schleifer, a former federal prosecutor.