In New York City, Tiffany Cabán appears poised for victory in the Queens district attorney Democratic primary race. Cabán, a 31-year-old queer Latina public defender, would become the first woman to hold the post. She ran on ending cash bail, stopping the prosecution of low-level offenses, decriminalizing sex work, and going after bad landlords, cops and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Tiffany Cabán claimed victory last night in Queens.
Tiffany Cabán: “When we started this thing, they said I was too young. They said I didn’t look like a district attorney. They said we could not build a movement from the grassroots. They said we could not win. But we did it, y’all.”
Cabán holds a lead of just over 1,000 votes with 99% of precincts reporting, but her main opponent, Queens borough president and establishment candidate Melinda Katz says she will not concede without a recount and with over 3,000 absentee ballots remaining to be counted.
Cabán’s apparent win comes exactly one year after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won the 2018 Democratic primary, toppling Joe Crowley—until then one of the most powerful Democrats in the House. Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Cabán in the race and tweeted Tuesday night as results rolled in, “We meet a machine with a movement.” Click here to see our recent interview with Tiffany Cabán.