Jamaal Bowman raises $2M, launches $350,000 ad buy ahead of New York primary

Jamaal Bowman raises $2M, launches $350,000 ad buy ahead of New York primary
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New York congressional candidate Jamaal Bowman's campaign announced on Friday the candidate raised $2 million ahead of Tuesday's Democratic primary against longtime incumbent Rep. Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelNYC snafu the latest flub from a broken elections agency Cynthia Nixon backs primary challenger to Rep. Carolyn Maloney Democrats call on Blinken to set new sexual misconduct policies at State Department MORE (D-N.Y.). 

Bowman's campaign also revealed he received more than 65,000 individual donors during the campaign, showing the potential strength of his progressive base in the state's 16th congressional district. 

Additionally, the campaign announced it was launching a $350,000 TV ad-buy after the successful fundraising hauls. 


“The incredible grassroots support for Jamaal over the past few weeks that made this ad buy possible has reflected what we have been hearing from voters all over the district: people are ready for change," Bowman's campaign manager said in a statement Friday. 

The news comes after Bowman, a former middle school principal, outraised Engel from April 1-June 3. Bowman brought in $431,000, while Engel raised $389,000 in the same period. 

While Engel may still have more cash on hand, a recent poll conducted by the progressive firm Data for Progress showed Bowman leading Engel by 10 points. 

A victory for Bowman would mark a major blow to the Democratic establishment. Engel has served in Congress for 16 terms and chairs the influential House Foreign Affairs Committee. 

Engel has received endorsements from Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Schumer's moment to transform transit and deepen democracy Pelosi, Schumer vow climate action: 'It is an imperative' MORE (D-N.Y.), New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoCuomo ordering all New York state workers to be vaccinated or face testing Want to improve vaccine rates? Ask for this endorsement Scarborough pleads with Biden to mandate vaccines for teachers, health workers MORE (D), and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden says Russia spreading misinformation ahead of 2022 elections Highest-ranking GOP assemblyman in WI against another audit of 2020 vote Women's March endorses Nina Turner in first-ever electoral endorsement MORE, while Bowman has the support of progressive leaders like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez, Bush criticize lack of diversity among negotiators on latest infrastructure deal Fetterman slams Sinema over infrastructure: 'Democrats need to vote like Democrats' House passes spending bill to boost Capitol Police and Hill staffer pay MORE (D-N.Y.), and Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBriahna Joy Gray: White House thinks extending student loan pause is a 'bad look' Lawmakers can't reconcile weakening the SALT cap with progressive goals Human rights can't be a sacrificial lamb for climate action MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPelosi disputes Biden's power to forgive student loans Warren hits the airwaves for Newsom ahead of recall election Human rights can't be a sacrificial lamb for climate action MORE (D-Mass.). 

Engel has come under criticism for his absence from his district during much of the coronavirus pandemic. However, his supporters argue Engel was on the legislative frontlines combatting the pandemic.