2024 New York congressional battleground

Who’s endorsing Jamaal Bowman and George Latimer?

Elected officials and prominent organizations are taking sides in one of the most-watched races of 2024.

Rep. Jamaal Bowman, left, and Westchester County Executive George Latimer, right

Rep. Jamaal Bowman, left, and Westchester County Executive George Latimer, right Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images, George Latimer campaign

The Democratic primary for New York’s 16th Congressional District is one of the most high-profile intraparty fights in the nation – pitting incumbent Rep. Jamaal Bowman against Westchester County Executive George Latimer. The primary election will be held on June 25.

The congressional district stretches from from the northern Bronx through much of suburban Westchester County. The most recent round of congressional redistricting removed much of the Wakefield neighborhood from the district but added in vote-rich Co-Op City.

Latimer is running after Bowman’s critical stance on Israel angered many of his Jewish constituents in the lower Hudson Valley district. The foreign policy issue is likely to dominate the race, though Latimer insists his reasons for running go beyond Israel. At a time when Democrats are fighting to win back seats in New York, this will be an extremely pricey primary. 

Bowman formally launched his reelection campaign with an event in Yonkers on Jan. 24. featuring progressive star Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and he didn’t shy away from criticizing Israel. Meanwhile, pro-Israel groups like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee have boosted Latimer’s campaign, and an Orthodox Jewish political group launched an effort to encourage Republicans and independent voters to register as Democrats in order to vote for Latimer in the primary election – which reportedly resulted in more than 2,300 voters registering as Democrats.

Bowman has been an outspoken critic of Israel’s invasion of Gaza, calling for a permanent ceasefire in October and later condemning Israel’s actions as “genocide” – which led the liberal pro-Israel group J Street to rescind its endorsement of him. On March 5, Latimer said that he supported President Biden’s push for a temporary ceasefire. A March poll of Democratic voters in the district, which was funded by the Working Families Party, found that 69% of respondents would be more likely to vote for a candidate who supported a ceasefire.

As of April 2024, Latimer had raised an impressive $2.2 million – close to twice as much as Bowman, who reported raising $1.3 million. A poll conducted by the Democratic Majority for Israel, which is backing Latimer, found that Latimer had a 17-point lead over Bowman.

On May 13, the two candidates faced off in their first televised head-to-head debate.

We’re tracking who is backing which candidate in the marquee race. This post was last updated on May 29.

JAMAAL BOWMAN (INCUMBENT)

Organizations: New York Working Families Party, Democratic Socialists of America’s New York City chapter, Congressional Black Caucus PAC, Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC, Justice Democrats, Our Revolution, New York Progressive Action Network, College Democrats of America, Make the Road Action, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, If Not Now, Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Human Rights Campaign, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Sunrise Movement, League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club Independent Action, 350 Action, Alliance for Quality Education, NYC Kids PAC

Organized labor: DC 37, 1199 SEIU, UAW Region 9A, New York State Nurses Association, National Nurses United

Elected officials: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Rep. Nydia Velázquez, Rep. Yvette Clark, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Rep. Cori Bush, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Katherine Clark, Rep. Pete Aguilar, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, state Sen. Jamaal Bailey, state Sen. Gustavo Rivera, New York City Comptroller Brad Lander, New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, New York City Council Member Kevin Riley, New York City Council Member Shahana Hanif, Hastings-on-Hudson Mayor Nicola Armacost, Hastings-on-Hudson Village Trustee Douglass Alligood, Hastings-on-Hudson Village Trustee Georgia Lopez, Mamaroneck Village Trustee Leilani Yizar Reid, Mamaroneck Village Trustee Manny Rawlings

GEORGE LATIMER, WESTCHESTER COUNTY EXECUTIVE

Organizations: American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Pro-Israel America, Jewish Democratic Council of America, Democratic Majority for Israel PAC, Dream for America, Italian American Democrats, Stonewall Democrats, Democratic committees of Eastchester, Rye City, Rye Town, White Plains, Pelham, Mamaroneck, Harrison, Scarsdale, Greenburgh, Yonkers and Mount Vernon

Organized labor: Civil Service Employees Association, Laborers International Union of North America, Mason Tenders District Council, Transit Workers Union Local 100, New York State Professional Firefighters District 5, FDNY Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York, International Union of Operating Engineers

Elected officials: State Sen. Shelley Mayer, State Sen. Peter Harckham, Assembly Member Amy Paulin, Assembly Member Chris Burdick, Assembly Member Jeff Dinowitz, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Westchester County Deputy Executive Ken Jenkins, County Legislator Nancy Barr, County Legislator Ben Boykin, County Legislator Judah Holstein, County Legislator Catherine Parker, County Legislator David Tubiolo, County Legislator José Alvarado, Port Chester Mayor Luis Marino, Larchmont Mayor Sarah Bauer, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, Yonkers City Council President Lakisha Collins-Bellamy, Yonkers City Council Member John Rubbo, Yonkers City Council Member Corazon Pineda Isaac, Rye Town Supervisor Gary Zuckerman, former Rep. Eliot Engel, former Rep. Nita Lowey, former Gov. David Paterson