Ritchie Torres Declares Victory In US House Primary

Gothamist reports:

Bronx City Councilmember Ritchie Torres is declaring victory in the race to become the Democratic candidate for the 15th Congressional District, the poorest in the country, following an unprecedented June 23rd primary in which results are still trickling in nearly a month later.

The results, though unofficial, bring an end to a highly contentious race that began when Democratic Representative Jose Serrano announced his retirement from politics, opening the door to a flood of candidates vying to replace the 15-term congressman.

Many, including Torres, believed it was Ruben Diaz Sr.’s race to win, given his strong name recognition and deep ties to the county machine. But Torres won out the race, helped by a hefty campaign war chest.