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Bowman's challenger gets first endorsement from House Democrat

Rep. Josh Gottheimer (I-J., DN) on Monday became the first sitting House Democrat to endorse Westchester County Mayor George Latimer (D.) to defeat Rep. Jamaal Bowman (N.Y., DN) in a closely watched suburban New York City primary.

The endorsement by Gottheimer, a moderate who chairs the nonpartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, came the day before Tuesday’s primary election, which was largely focused on Bowman’s criticism of Israel’s war on Gaza.

“I’m proud to endorse @LatimerforNY. We need more common sense leaders and problem solvers in Congress and I know George will fight hate in all forms and stand up for the values ​​we all believe in,” Gottheimer wrote on social platform X on Monday.

The MP joined many other prominent political figures in voicing his support for Mr Latimer.

Two weeks ago, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who represented New York in the Senate, endorsed Latimer over Bowman.

Former Rep. Mondaire Jones (N.Y.), once seen as a progressive ally of Bowman, endorsed his primary opponent earlier this month. Bowman and Jones were elected to represent New York’s 16th and 17th congressional districts in 2020, respectively, to replace longtime Reps. Eliot Engel (N.Y.) and Nita Lowey (N.Y.). Engel and Lowey also endorsed Latimer over Bowman.

Bowman has largely retained the support of his caucus, including House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), and many of his progressive colleagues, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Cori Bush (D-Mo.), are backing him in the primary.

An Emerson College Polling/PIX11/The Hill poll conducted earlier this month showed Bowman may still be at a disadvantage in the district, with Latimer leading Bowman by 17 points (48 percent to 31 percent) in the poll, with 21 percent still undecided.

The poll found that 51% of respondents had a favorable view of Bowman and 43% had an unfavorable view, compared with 65% who said they had a favorable view of Latimer and 23% who had an unfavorable view.

Because the seat is firmly Democratic, the winner of Tuesday’s Democratic primary is the favorite to win the November election.

The Hill has reached out to Bowman and Latimer’s campaigns for comment.