June 23, 2020

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Jackie Gordon declares victory in Democratic primary, kicks off general election to flip open swing seat.

Babylon, NYToday, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Jackie Gordon—a combat veteran, retired educator, and former Babylon Town Councilwoman— accepted the Democratic nomination for New York’s Second Congressional District. 

NY-02 is an open seat and a top pick-up opportunity for Democrats as Republican Rep. Peter King retires after 28 years in Congress. Gordon enters the general election as a formidable candidate due to her deep ties in the community and strong campaign apparatus. 

“I’m running for Congress because Washington is broken. While Long Islanders struggle to pay for health care and make ends meet, career politicians in Washington are cozying up to big corporations and voting in their interests, even when it hurts working families. The past few months have shown us that we need a leader in Congress who will fight to make health care and prescription drugs more affordable, expand access to career and technical training, and rebuild our economy by supporting small businesses. I’m humbled by the tremendous grassroots support we’ve received across the district, and I am energized to continue this momentum into November,” Gordon said.

Gordon overwhelmingly won the Democratic primary with 73% of the vote as of this release. 

“NY-02 is fundamentally a swing district, and we saw clear evidence of that on primary night,” said Gordon’s campaign manager, Meg Scribner. “Democrats turned out in droves to vote for Jackie, and we can expect the same in November from independents and Republicans who identify with Jackie as a combat veteran, educator, public servant, and single mom. Voters aren’t looking for someone who will toe the party line or vote in lockstep with their corporate donors, and they know that Jackie is a fierce independent who will fight tooth and nail against special interests in Washington so that Long Islanders can succeed.” 

Gordon enters the general election in a position of strength. As of the pre-primary filings, she had a cash-on-hand of $737,006, more than both Republican candidates combined, and a record sum for a Democrat in NY-02 at this stage in the race.

In addition to securing the Democratic nomination, Gordon will also appear on the Independence Party line, which has traditionally backed Rep. Peter King. The Independence Party is the third largest party in NY-02 and provided King with 17% of his margin of victory in his 2018 campaign. 

At the beginning of the year, Gordon was one of the first candidates named to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s highly competitive Red to Blue program. She has also received endorsements from a number of high profile organizations including EMILY’s List, SEIU Local 1199, UFCW Local 1500, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and End Citizens United.