Is Jamaal Bowman's primary defeat the beginning of the end for DC's Squad?

The congressman ran the most expensive House primary in US history but it wasn't enough

Photo illustration of Jamaal Bowman
The outcome of Bowman's election has "left progressives on the defensive," and allies were "at odds over who was to blame"
(Image credit: Illustration by Stephen Kelly / Getty Images)

Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) will soon be out of a job. The incumbent congressman lost New York's 16th District primary last Tuesday to challenger George Latimer, who will carry the Democratic Party's banner into the general election this November. Bowman was ousted by double-digit margins following the most expensive primary in the history of the House of Representatives.   

Bowman was one of the most liberal members of Congress as a part of the progressive "Squad," a group that includes notable names like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). But he was besieged by controversies over his views on the war in Gaza, which some perceived as antisemitic, as well as an incident in which he falsely pulled a fire alarm on Capitol Hill. Bowman's defeat makes him the first person in the Squad to lose their reelection bid this cycle, giving rise to questions regarding the fate of other members of the Squad and how they may fare in their own elections. 

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Justin Klawans, The Week US

 Justin Klawans has worked as a staff writer at The Week since 2022. He began his career covering local news before joining Newsweek as a breaking news reporter, where he wrote about politics, national and global affairs, business, crime, sports, film, television and other Hollywood news. Justin has also freelanced for outlets including Collider and United Press International.