The author of the laws on anti-Russian sanctions have lost primaries for Congress

The Chairman of the Committee on foreign Affairs, house of representatives, U.S. Congress, Democrat Eliot Engel lost primary elections (primaries) and will not be able to participate in the elections in November.

As follows from preliminary data of the election Commission of the state of new York on the 16th electoral district, 72-year-old Engel has gained just over 34% of the vote, while his opponent, 44-year-old African American Jamal Bowman – more than 60%. Bowman is considered a progressive Democrat who belong to the left wing of the party, gaining popularity in recent years.

So Engel, who worked in the house of representatives since 1989, will not be able to participate in the elections to the house of representatives, which will be held November 3, simultaneously with the election of President of the United States and elections to the Senate. The U.S. house of representatives and a third of the Senate are elected every two years, the President every four years.

In his post Engel acted as the author and supporter of a series of anti-Russian bills. One of his last initiatives – sanctions bill with an appeal to the government to release "political prisoners" and the resolution describing the Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin as a "threat to the United States."