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Hakeem’s dream House! Jeffries wins Congress race

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Hakeem is in the House.

Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries (D–Fort Greene) easily defeated his rivals to succeed retiring Rep. Ed Towns as the Congressman representing Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Canarsie, Mill Basin, Marine Park, Coney Island, Bright Beach, and Sheepshead Bay.

The attorney and frontrunner locked up 90 percent of the vote with 99 percent of ballots counted, according to the New York Times.

Jeffries trounced Republican hopeful Alan Bellone and Green Party candidate Colin Beavan — just as he coasted past Councilman Charles Barron (D–Canarsie) in the Democratic primary.

“We’re going to march for a more perfect union,” Jeffries said at his victory party, according to Fort Greene Patch. “We are not going backward.”

Bellone racked up 8.8 percent of ballots, while 1.2 percent of voters were tallied as “other,” according to the Times.

Updated 5:37 pm, July 9, 2018
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