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Rice Wins, AP Calls Some L.I. Races

N.Y. Congresswoman Kathleen Rice
J. Scott Applewhite
Kathleen Rice keeps her congress seat in Nassau.

Democratic U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice has defended her seat against Republican challenger Douglas Tuman for New York’s 4th Congressional seat in Nassau County, according to the Associated Press.

Rice's lead over Tuman was more than the number of absentee ballots being counted in that district.

Rice secured a fourth term after 5 years of assignments on the House Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs Committee. She was Nassau County District Attorney and federal prosecutor before Congress.

More candidates with sizable leads compared to absentee ballots

Republican Jodi Giglio beat Democrat Laura Jens-Smith for the state Assembly seat on Long Island’s North Fork. The seat was left open by Republican Anthony Palumbo who’s ahead in a race against Democrat Laura Ahearn for retiring Republican state Senator Ken LaValle’s seat.

Republican Jarett Gandolfo secured a state Assembly seat against Democrat Francis Genco to represent the Great South Bay area. The seat was left open by Republican Andrew Garbarino who’s ahead in a race against Democrat Jackie Gordon for retiring Republican U.S. Representative Peter King’s seat in the state’s 2nd Congressional District. 

Republican Michael Durso won a race against Democrat Ann Brancato for the state Assembly seat to represent the South Oyster Bay area. The seat was vacated by Republican Mike LiPetri who lost a primary for King’s congressional seat. 


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.