Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will easily win reelection back to Congress following a race that attracted millions in donations even though the outcome was in little doubt.
The Democrat socialist netted 69 percent of the ballots cast during early voting and on Election Day, while Republican challenger John Cummings scored just 30 percent, with 94 percent of precincts reporting.
NBC called Ocasio-Cortez’s victory just an hour after polls closed in New York City.
These results do not include any votes from the 1.1 million-plus absentee ballots mailed to voters across New York City, who opted to skip in-person voting during the coronavirus pandemic.
The city’s embattled Board of Elections was not immediately to say how many absentee ballots were mailed out for this district, where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than 6 to 1.
Under state law, the BOE cannot begin to tally the absentee ballots until after Election Day. Officials say they plan to begin the count on Monday.
The 14th Congressional District sprawls across western Queens and parts of The Bronx and is among the most Democratic districts in the country. But, that didn’t stop money from pouring into the race from supporters and opponents of Ocasio-Cortez.
The congresswoman’s campaign raised more than $17 million, while GOP donors ponied up more than $9 million for Cummings’ campaign.
Ocasio-Cortez has become one of the most recognized faces of New York changing congressional delegation.
Meanwhile, New York City voters looked set to add two new Democratic lawmakers to the Big Apple’s congressional delegation:
- Councilman Ritchie Torres (D-The Bronx) ran largely unopposed for the borough’s 15th Congressional District. His Republican challenger, Orlando Molina, never even filed a fundraising report with the Federal Election Commission, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a campaign finance watchdog.
- The Democratic nominee for the nearby 16th Congressional District, Jamaal Bowman, an activist and former principal, faced no Republican opposition for the seat, which represents a portion of The Bronx and Westchester County.
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