AOC-fueled wave continues in Queens Assembly races

The progressive wave spurred by democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez two many years back continued with a vengeance in Queens Tuesday night, with insurgents toppling two — and quite possibly three — Assembly Democratic incumbents in Queens.

In Assembly District 34, which involves the tough-hit by coronavirus neighborhoods of Jackson Heights, Woodside, Corona, Elmhurst and Maspeth, Performing Family members Celebration favored Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas led incumbent Michael DenDekker by 20 factors with 80 p.c of the machine vote in.

In Queens’ Assembly District 38 (Ridgewood, Glendale, Woodhaven, Ozone Park and Richmond Hill), challenger Jenifer Rajkumar led incumbent Michael Miller 52 percent to 25 p.c with additional than 80 p.c of the votes in.

Meanwhile in Advert 36 (Astoria, Very long Island Metropolis) progressive favorite Zohran Mamdani led incumbent Aravella Simotas by 7 percentage points with additional than 3-quarters of the vote counted. The district overlaps with AOC’s congressional district.

There are hundreds of absentee ballots yet to be counted for all three races.

Of the a few, Albany insiders reported the very likely downfall of Simotas was the shocker of the 3. She had opposed the aborted approach for Amazon to locate a headquarters in Extended Town – a litmus take a look at for progressive critics of the offer.

But Mamdani, a housing counselor and Indian-Ugandan, captured support of crucial leftist teams – which include Democratic Socialists of America, which backed AOC when she stunned the political world by defeating ex-Congressman and then-Queens Democratic Occasion chairman Joe Crowley in the Democratic major in 2018.

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