(CNS News) – In an election night highlighted by the GOP’s underwhelming performance nationwide, four of New York’s congressional seats flipped from Democrat to Republican.
In District 3, Republican George Santos , a gay Trump supporter, defeated Democrat Robert Zimmerman.
The District 3 seat is currently held by Democrat Tom Suozzi, who ran for New York governor in the Democratic primaries rather than seek re-election in the House.
In District 4, Republican Anthony D’Esposito defeated Democrat Laura Gillen. The seat is currently held by Democrat Kathleen Rice and thus will flip in January.
Districts 3 and 4 cover the Western portion of Long Island, while Districts 1 and 2 cover the Eastern section. Both Districts 1 and 2 remained red this election, giving the GOP a sweep of all four of Long Island’s Congressional Districts.
In District 17, Republican Mike Lawler defeated Democrat incumbent Sean Patrick Maloney.
Maloney is the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). His loss yesterday marks the first time a DCCC chairman has lost in the general election since 1980 – 42 years ago.
In District 19, Republican Marc Molinaro defeated Democrat Josh Riley.
Due to redistricting, the current holder of the 19th seat, Democrat Pat Ryan, ran for re-election in New York’s 18th Congressional District. Molinaro’s win will flip this seat from blue to red.
Democrat Governor Kathy Hochul, who replaced former Governor Andrew Cuomo after he resigned, won re-election against Republican challenger Lee Zeldin. Zeldin still managed to capture 47% of the vote, while Governor Hochul maintained 52.8%.
In 2018, then incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo captured 59.6% of the vote, where his Republican challenger only received 36.2% of the vote. Thus, the GOP performed nine points better this go around at the governorship of New York.