Democratic primary of having Tiffany Cabán, a left-leaning public defender who ran on a criminal justice reform platform, beat Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. After a two-week, unprecedented manual recount, Cabán conceded Tuesday night with Katz holding onto a lead of just 55 votes.
The close race shows that the voters who propelled Ocasio-Cortez's unexpected win last year over an entrenched candidate are willing and able to extend their influence to other races. While the DA race is a New York City post, Cabán supporters are looking to wield their influence beyond the borders of Queens County and are in search for their next targets. "My takeaway is a new coalition is nascent in Queens, and there is a lot more upside for this emerging progressive coalition than there is for the calcifying machine," said Neal Kwatra, a Democratic consultant who has worked with New York politicians from Mayor Bill de Blasio to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
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