Record Breaking Number Of New Yorkers Vote Early, With Democrats Holding An Advantage
A record 2 million New Yorkers have already voted before Tuesday’s election. Early voting finished Sunday with over 300,000 Long Islanders casting a ballot.
Turnout for Democrats was nearly double that of Republicans in Suffolk County early voting — 59,400 registered Democrats voted early compared to 29,400 registered Republicans and over 31,800 unaffiliated voters. State GOP leaders say Republicans will come out en masse on Election Day to vote. A final tally in New York is not expected for days, as election officials will start counting a record number of absentee ballots on Friday.
Races to watch on Long Island include:
- Incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin versus Democrat Nancy Goroff in New York’s 1st Congressional District.
- Republican Andrew Garbarino challenges Democrat Jackie Gordon and Green candidate Harry Bruger for NY2, left open by retiring Republican Congressman Peter King.
- Incumbent Democratic Congressman Tom Suozzi faces Republican George Santos and Libertarian Howard Rabin in NY3.
- Incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Kathleen Rice versus Republican Douglas Tuman and Green candidate Joseph Naham in NY4.