Democrat Thomas Suozzi, a former Nassau County executive looking to make a political comeback, claimed victory over Republican Jack Martins, a Republican and a current state senator, in the 3rd Congressional District.
Suozzi claimed victory at about 11:38 p.m. and thanked Martins for running a spirited campaign.
“Everybody loves a comeback story,” Suozzi said at a party at the Milleridge Inn in Jericho. “It was a lot of ups and a lot of downs over the years. Winning is a lot better than losing.”
Suozzi also invoked his father, who died last month, weeks before Election Day.
“This election really has been about the values that my dad brought forward,” he said.
In a key state Senate race, in the 5th District, Republican Carl Marcellino edged out Democrat James F. Gaughran.
“We’re doing very well. I’m going to win. I look forward to getting to Albany to represent my constituents. I ran a positive campaign on my record, my opponent cannot say the same,” said Marcellino.
Freshman Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) easily won re-election in Suffolk County’s 1st Congressional District over Democratic challenger Anna Throne-Holst.
Zeldin led Throne-Holst, the former Southampton Town supervisor, 59 percent to 41 percent, with 77 percent of the vote reported shortly before 10:30 p.m., according to the Suffolk County Board of Elections.
Suffolk County Republicans took to the stage around 10:45 p.m., with Zeldin first to give a victory speech. The hundreds that packed the Emporium rose to their feet for a standing ovation for the freshman congressman who just won his first re-election.
Zeldin walked on stage hand-in-hand with his wife and two daughters, alongside party leaders and other candidates who won Tuesday night.
“We love all of us who are up here coming off of tough, hard-fought races. We love our volunteers. We love each and every one of you for working so hard for our community, for our state, for our future,” Zeldin told the crowd. “A powerful message was sent all around the First Congressional District today. A powerful message was sent all throughout the state of New York and all around America.”
Throne-Holst, speaking at the Suffolk Democrats’ gathering shortly after 10 p.m., said: “We did the best we could to get the message out and the chips fell where they did.”
In the 2nd Congressional District, longtime Rep. Peter King, a Republican, easily defeated challenger DuWayne Gregory, a Democrat.
In the 4th Congressional District, Democratic incumbent Kathleen M. Rice, a former Nassau County District Attorney, defeated Republican David Gurfein, a combat veteran who fought in both Iraq wars.
Republicans appear to have retained control of the four Suffolk-based state Senate districts, according to Suffolk election returns.
Sen. John Flanagan said he thinks maintaining GOP control of the New York Senate will come down to Long Island.
“I’m extraordinary optimistic we’ll pick up a seat in western New York and do well in Nassau County. That’s who we are and proud we’re here to represent Long Island.”
Flanagan, of East Northport, easily defeated Democrat Peter Magistrale, 25, of St. James, and Libertarian Stephen Ruth, 43, of Centereach, for the 2nd District seat. Flanagan, 55, who is seeking his eighth term in the Senate, spent most of last weekend campaigning for Nassau Republican Senate candidates.
In the 1st Senate District, veteran Republican State Sen. Kenneth LaValle, 77, of Port Jefferson beat Democrat Gregory-John Fischer, 59, a business consultant from Calverton.
In the 3rd District, State Sen. Thomas Croci, 44, a Republican from Sayville, was far ahead of challengers Democrat John DeVito Jr., 25, of Mastic Beach and Joseph Fritz, 71, of Brentwood, who is running on the Women’s Equality line.
Sen. Tom Croci (R-Sayville) delivered his victory speech to a crowd of hundreds that packed The Emporium in downtown Patchogue Tuesday night around 11 p.m.
“We got our work cut out for us in Albany, we all know that,” Croci said. “But I’m very proud that I’m going back to the state Senate under Senate Majority leader John Flanagan. I’m very proud that Assemb. Al Graf, Andrew Garbarino, Dean Murray, Tony Palumbo, are all going back with us to fight the good fight.”
Fourth District incumbent Sen. Philip Boyle, 55, a Republican from Bay Shore, also was far ahead of Democrat John Alberts, 33, of North Babylon.
Long Island Democrats appeared to lose one open seat in the State Assembly but maintained another, while incumbent Assembly members in both major parties Islandwide appeared headed toward victory, according to precinct returns Tuesday night.
Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer easily won over his GOP opponent Wendy Long.
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