Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has expanded her lead in New York's 14th Congressional District, following the official count of the absentee ballots by the Board of Elections.
The final count also marked the highest voter turnout in the history of NY-14.
"Almost a month after New York’s General Election, the absentee ballot count of New York’s 14th Congressional District has been completed by the Board of Elections, expanding Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s lead in her first reelection campaign. Ocasio-Cortez garnered 152,661 votes out of the 213,340 recorded ballots or 71.6 percent of the votes in the country’s second most expensive House race of 2020.
“Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez not only won her reelection by a large margin, she also won during the highest turnout year in the modern history of NY-14. Her win proves that this is the kind of leadership our district wants,” said Campaign Manager Rebecca Rodriguez. “During the elections, our campaign raised and directed over $1 million dollars to local organizations combating food and housing insecurity during the pandemic and also invested over $1 million for census outreach. Our campaign was not just about earning votes, it was about building and empowering our community and we are proud of our work.”
Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez faced off against first time Republican challenger John Cummings who raised more than $10 million to make the race the second most expensive house contest in the country.
Cummings, a 60 year old Catholic high school teacher and former New York Police Department offcier managed to get donors from around the country especially among the Republicans who resent Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez's status as a star of the Democratic Party's left flank.