Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders-backed candidate Tiffany Cabán declares victory in contested Queens DA race

Progressive candidate Tiffany Cabán has declared victory in the Queens district attorney's battle, though the race remains too close to call.

Cabán, who has been endorsed by Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWhat the shift in Senate control means for marijuana policy reform Business groups prepare for lobbying push against minimum wage Schumer: Senate could pave way for reconciliation on COVID relief next week MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden argues for legislative patience, urgent action amid crisis Financial firms brace for Biden's consumer agency chief Tim Ryan says he's 'looking seriously' at running for Portman's Senate seat MORE (D-Mass.) as well as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezBernie Sanders has been most-followed member of Congress on social media for six years Meghan McCain responds to Katie Couric: 'I don't need to be deprogrammed' Skepticism reigns as Biden, McConnell begin new era MORE (D-N.Y.), is holding a slim lead in the race with 99 percent of precincts reporting.

The career public defender leads Queens borough president Melinda Katz by 1.3 percentage points, or 1,090 votes, according to The New York Times. Cabán declared victory around 11 p.m. Tuesday night, though Katz has not conceded.


In the seven-candidate race, Cabán thus far has received 39.6 percent of the vote, compared Katz's 38.3 percent.

About 3,400 absentee votes have yet to be counted, and election officials have said that could take until Wednesday, July 3.

Cabán ran on a criminal justice reform platform that included calling for the closure of the Rikers Island prison, getting rid of cash bail and decriminalizing prostitution. 

"Transforming this system will not be easy, and it will not happen overnight. But I am ready. We are ready," she tweeted late Wednesday.