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Jamaal Bowman, the 44-year-old former middle school principal who pulled off an upset win over longtime congressman Eliot Engel in New York’s Democratic primary, concedes he’s been on an unlikely journey.

”I’m a Black man who was raised by a single mother in a housing project. That story doesn’t usually end in Congress,” Bowman said in a statement released by his campaign. “But today, that 11-year-old boy who was beaten by police is about to be your next Representative.”