Engel primary challenger drops out, endorses fellow challenger

Engel primary challenger drops out, endorses fellow challenger
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One of two progressive primary challengers to House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelMassachusetts Democrat calls for Voice of America chief to resign 70 progressive groups call for next Foreign Affairs chair to reflect 'progressive realism' Overnight Defense: US formally rejects Beijing's South China Sea claims | House set to consider defense policy bill next week | 57 injured as firefighters battle warship blaze MORE (D-N.Y.) has dropped out of the race and endorsed Engel’s other challenger, setting up a race between Engel and education activist Jamaal Bowman.

Andom Ghebreghiorgis announced his withdrawal and endorsement of Bowman on Monday in the Democratic primary for New York’s 16th District, according to NY1.

Engel has represented the district, which includes sections of the Bronx and Westchester County, since 2013, but has represented New York in Congress since 1989.

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“From the very beginning, we were fighting for the same things,” Bowman told NY1. “He also believes in a Green New Deal, 'Medicare for All,' getting big money out of politics and really centering the working class and empowering the people in this district who have been neglected.”

“There’s a lot of alignment we have in terms of our policies, our ideologies and also our lived experiences,” Ghebreghiorgis told NY1 of himself and Bowman. “We see right now protests throughout the country around the idea of institutionalized racism as black men.”

“Today, we've decided that the best way to ensure these needs are met is no longer through our own campaign,” he added in a tweet Monday. “That's why I'm suspending my campaign and endorsing @JamaalBowmanNY.”

The primary is set for June 23. While Bowman only has about 20 percent as much cash on hand as Engel does, his slew of endorsements from progressive groups, including the Justice Democrats, have prompted comparisons to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezIvanka Trump pitches Goya Foods products on Twitter Ocasio-Cortez fires back after Trump says she's 'not talented in many ways' Progressive Mondaire Jones wins NY primary to replace Nita Lowey MORE’s (D-N.Y.) surprise primary victory in 2018 over Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), the 10-term chairman of the House Democratic Caucus.