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 EngelProgressives target Manchin, Sinema with new PAC State Department sets up new bureau for cybersecurity and emerging technologies How Congress dismissed women's empowerment 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 SchumerHillicon Valley: Biden signs order on chips | Hearing on media misinformation | Facebook's deal with Australia | CIA nominee on SolarWinds House Rules release new text of COVID-19 relief bill Budowsky: Cruz goes to Cancun, AOC goes to Texas MORE (D-N.Y.), New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoConservative reporter confronts CNN's Jim Acosta at CPAC Overnight Health Care: FDA panel endorses Johnson & Johnson vaccine | CDC director warns decline in cases 'may be stalling' | Biden administration buys 100,000 doses of Lilly antibody drug Donald Trump Jr. attacks Cheney at CPAC: 'Lincoln Project Liz' MORE (D), and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMedia circles wagons for conspiracy theorist Neera Tanden The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Senate ref axes minimum wage, House votes today on relief bill Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm MORE, while Bowman has the support of progressive leaders like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezBudget Committee chair pledges to raise minimum wage: 'Hold me to it' Democrats scramble to rescue minimum wage hike Exclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren MORE (D-N.Y.), and Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike House set for tight vote on COVID-19 relief package On The Money: Democrats scramble to save minimum wage hike | Personal incomes rise, inflation stays low after stimulus burst MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenExclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren Minimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm 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.