Representatives Eliot Engel and Nita Lowey at the AIPAC conference in 2019.

Democrats in New York’s 16th District are waking up to the likelihood that the representative they have had for more than 30 years will serve them no more.

Rep. Eliot Engel, who has served in Congress since 1989 and chairs the powerful House Foreign Relations Committee, is fighting for his political life in the Democratic primary against newcomer Jamaal Bowman, a former middle school principal in the Bronx. Bowman is running as a progressive reformer on a platform of increasing investment in education, healthcare, and green energy.

With approximately 44,000 in-person votes reported Wednesday morning, Bowman leads with 61% of the vote to Engel’s 35%. The real clincher will be thousands of mail ballots that won’t be opened until July 1.

The 16th District includes parts of the Bronx and Westchester County, including the suburbs of Yonkers, Scarsdale, and New Rochelle.

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