NEW YORK – Nomiki Konst dropped out of the hard-fought State Senate race and endorsed fellow progressive Kristen Gonzalez. Nomiki Konst made the bombshell announcement on Saturday, saying she would back Kristen Gonzalez in the race for the 59th State Senate District.
“This three month long campaign has become one of the most expensive primaries in New York Senate history — and in light of the overwhelming amount of money being spent in this campaign, particularly by real estate interests, I have made the decision to suspend our campaign at this time and endorse Kristen Gonzalez for State Senate in District 59,” Konst, an activist and podcaster, said in a statement.
Konst’s entry into the race was controversial, with allies of Gonzalez saying she would risk splitting the left-wing vote after Gonzalez had already locked up progressive support in the district. Konst later accused Gonzalez’s supporters of threatening her while campaigning — Gonzalez denied that, and said that Konst had unfairly implied that she was not “from” the district.
The truce between them was brokered by State Sen. Michael Gianaris, a fellow progressive who is supporting Gonzalez, according to a spokesperson for Konst’s campaign.
Konst’s mention of “real estate interests” was a likely allusion to the influx of money that has entered the race in support of Elizabeth Crowley, a centrist Democrat and former City Council member who is the other leading candidate.
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