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The political arm representing the Hispanic Congressional Democrats has endorsed Councilman Ritchie Torres to succeed retiring Bronx Rep. Jose Serrano in Congress.

The Democratic group on Monday selected Torres over two chief rivals — former Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr. — for the Democratic major within the closely Latino 15th congressional district protecting the south Bronx.

“A proud son of the Bronx, Torres has proven to be an effective leader and @BOLD Dems has no doubt that he will continue to be a champion for justice and the dignity of the people of New York,” BOLD Dems, the PAC for the Hispanic Congressional Caucus, mentioned in a press release.

“From improving housing conditions for thousands of families in NYC, to fighting relentlessly for the city’s taxi drivers who have been cheated by a predatory medallion system @Ritchie Torres has been a fierce advocate for his community. He will take the fight to Washington,” the group added on Twitter.

Sources mentioned the Hispanic Caucus determined to take sides within the race to dam Diaz Sr., the Pentecostal minister and former state senator who opposes abortion and voted in opposition to New York’s homosexual marriage legislation, from getting elected. Diaz Sr. has a loyal following amongst faith-based voters within the district.

“This important endorsement is the latest proof that I have the best hope to defeat Ruben Diaz Sr., who is a Trump Republican masquerading as a Democrat,” Torres mentioned.

Torres’ marketing campaign committee has already raised $878,000 and has $722,436 available, dwarfing the struggle chests of all different candidates.