Progressive Queens DA candidate concedes in tight race

Progressive Queens DA candidate concedes in tight race
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A progressive candidate for Queens district attorney backed by both Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez,200 may be enough in Mitch McConnell's hometown of Louisville, but not in most US cities Democrats go big on diversity with new House recruits Progressives lost the battle for the Democratic Party's soul MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP lawmaker: Democratic Party 'used to be more moderate' 4 reasons why Trump can't be written off — yet Progressives lost the battle for the Democratic Party's soul MORE (I-Vt.) conceded Tuesday night after the race came down to the wire.

Tiffany Cabán said at a press conference Tuesday that she would end her campaign for DA after the Board of Elections ruled in favor of primary challenger Melinda Katz's (D) slim lead and denied Cabán's claim that many ballots were thrown out or counted improperly.


"This campaign may be over, but the movement does not stop," she said at a press conference surrounded by supporters Tuesday night, according to the New York Daily News. "We are just getting started."

"To every young person, to every woman, to every person of color, to every Queer person, every single human being who was inspired by the campaign we built—you are next. And I promise, I will be the first one knocking doors for you," Cabán added on Twitter.

"There is still so much work to be done here in Queens —and you better believe I’m going to keep fighting. We need to end solitary confinement, reform our parole system, repeal 50-A, and break the cycle of mass incarceration," she wrote in the tweet thread.

The progressive candidate originally declared victory on election night after an initial count of the votes with 99 percent of precincts reporting showed her with a razor-thin lead of just more than 1,000 votes.

She ran on a platform that centered heavily on criminal justice reform and called for the closure of Rikers Island prison and an end to cash bail in the district.