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Yuh-Line Niou declines 3rd party challenge in NY Congressional Race

By Randall Yip, AsAmNews Executive Editor

New York State Assemblymember Yun-Line Niou said Tuesday she would not run against Dan Goldman in the District 10 Congressional race.

Niou lost to Goldman, coming in second in the August primary by two percentage points.

She conceded Tuesday that “enough absentee ballots” had been counted to know she would not win the race and conceded. That’s something she refused to do election night.

She told AsAmNews reporter Ti-Hua Chang at her election night party ” I don’t know. We have to see” after being asked if she would throw her support to Goldman. Many speculated that she would instead challenge him on the New York Working Families Party ticket and that answer did nothing to silence the speculation.

“We simply do not have the resources to fight all fights at the same time and we must protect our democracy now,” she said in her passionate video on Twitter. “This starts with keeping insurrectionists from taking control of Congress in November. My incredible coalition of more than 1,000 plus volunteers together is going to do our part to ensure that we retain Democratic majorities in Congress.”

She called on electing not just more Democrats, but better Democrats- one that would fight for working families.

“It is not what many of you are hoping to hear and it’s not what I was hoping to say. The movement we fight for is bigger than any one person and bigger than any one campaign and candidate.”

Analysts say Niou’s withdrawal assures that Goldman will win in the general election in an overwhelmingly Democratic district that includes New York Chinatown. He will face Republican challenger Benine Hamdan and independent Mathew Goldstein.

It will also mean that Rep Grace Meng will remain the only Asian American to represent New York in Congress.

Goldman is an heir to the $7.9 billion Levi Strauss company and a former prosecutor in President Trump’s first impeachment trial.

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