House Democrat becomes the first Squad member ever defeated in a primary battle | 25 June 2024 | Two-term Democratic Rep. Jamaal Bowman of New York has the dubious honor of becoming the first House member of either party to be defeated by a primary challenger so far in the 2024 election cycle. And Bowman also becomes the first member of the Squad, a progressive group of diverse House Democrats, to be ousted from Congress. This after the Associated Press projected that rival George Latimer would defeat Bowman in Tuesday's Democratic primary in New York's 16th Congressional District, which covers southern Westchester County and a small portion of the Bronx. And the contentious battle between a member of the Squad and his more moderate challenger spotlighted the Democrats' deep divisions over the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. Bowman, who has been outspoken about his support for Palestinians amid the war in Gaza and has charged that Israel has committed genocide, was targeted by roughly $14 million in spending by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the deep-pocketed pro-Israel group that supported Latimer.

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