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Charles Booker, Jamaal Bowman And The 7 Competing Camps In Black Politics

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY FIVETHIRTYEIGHT / GETTY IMAGES PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY FIVETHIRTYEIGHT / GETTY IMAGES New York’s Jamaal Bowman and Kentucky’s Charles Booker, two Black men running on very liberal policy platforms, defeated and nearly defeated (respectively) white Democrats in primaries last week, giving a boost to the party’s insurgent wing. Neither Bowman nor Booker got much help from the party elite — unsurprising, as they were running against establishment-backed figures — and also did not get much help from powerful Black officials in the Democratic Party. Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Booker in his race against Amy McGrath, but Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris didn’t. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus interjected themselves into Bowman’s race — to endorse the longtime incumbent , Rep. Eliot Engel.

Speaking of Harris, she seems like a fairly logical choice to be presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s running mate. But it probably doesn’t help her that some more liberal Black Democrats , such as Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes , are publicly suggesting that they might prefer Warren for the VP slot over the California senator.

It’s not surprising that prominent Black political figures aren’t aligned on every […]

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