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Record Breaking Number Of New Yorkers Vote Early, With Democrats Holding An Advantage

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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.
A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.