'Red wave' on Long Island: Republicans win 4 congressional races
New York's highest office may continue to have a Democratic occupant after Tuesday's midterms, but a red wave was unfolding in Long Island's congressional races.
In the 1st Congressional District 1, Republican Nick LaLota declared victory early Wednesday against Bridget Flemming.
Democrat Jackie Gordon was defeated by her GOP challenger Andrew Garbarino in Congressional District 2.
In the 3rd Congressional District, George Santos took the win against Robert Zimmerman.
"We called it a recuse mission because our country needs saving," Santos says. "It needs common sense - this isn't about red and blue. This isn't about Democrat versus Republican. This is about right and wrong."
The Associated Press called the 4th Congressional District for Republican Anthony D'Esposito on Wednesday in a tight race.
D'Esposito says his experience as an NYPD detective will help make real change in Washington.
Democrat Laura Gillen conceded Wednesday, releasing a statement saying: "We ran a campaign to be proud in a challenging political environment. Together, we motivated thousands of Long Islanders to make their voices heard, to stand up for common sense leadership, and to vigorously defend fundamental rights from assault. This has been a long, close, and hard-fought race. I know this is not the outcome we hoped for, but it has been the honor of a lifetime to have been the Democratic nominee for this district. I'm incredibly thankful for all the stories people have shared, the steadfast support I've received, and for everyone who believed in the values that animated this campaign."
Three state Senate eats also flipped in Nassau County. Patricia Canzoneri-Fitzpatrick won in the 9th District against Todd Kaminsky, Steve Rhoads beat incumbent Sen. John Brooks in the 6th District and Jack Martins unseated Sen. Anna Kaplan in the 7th District.