Freshman Squad Member Loses Primary for House After One Term
It’s taken a while to count the votes, but Decision Desk HQ has called the race for New York’s redrawn 10th Congressional District. And guess what? Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY), the newest member of the “squad” in the House, was ousted after just one term!
The race has been called with an estimated 92% of the vote in for Dan Goldman who has 25.76% of the votes. Get this…Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou is a close second with 23.74 percent.
Jones, the squad’s darling, came in third place with 18.18 percent of the vote. For now, Jones represents New York’s 17th Congressional District.
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), who also chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), easily won the redrawn district primary. He was running against state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, who was backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). Maloney won with 66.89 percent of the vote compared to her 33.11 percent. That was another blow to the squad.
Squad-backed candidates have not done so well against incumbents. It was in June that Rep. Don Beyer, the Democrat who represents Virginia’s 8th Congressional District, won his primary with 77.39 percent of the vote while his squad-backed opponent, Victoria Virasingh, came up short with only 22.61 percent.
The change in districts in New York is because of population loss in the state. They lost a congressional seat after the 2020 census. The Democrats tried to use gerrymandered maps, but they were ruled unconstitutional.
Rep. Jones has not tweeted any messages after his loss, but he did have some strong words for Maloney’s decision to run in the 17th district back in May.
Because of the redrawn maps, the primary race in the 12 Congressional District had Reps. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) were against each other. Between these politicians, they had served in Congress for almost 30 years. Nadler won easily by 30 points over Maloney.