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Lee Zeldin's Fourth-Term Victory In NY-1 'Mathematically Certain', Election Officials Say

U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.)
Jacquelyn Martin

Suffolk County election officials say Republican U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin has won re-election against Democratic challenger Nancy Goroff in the race for New York’s 1st Congressional District on eastern Long Island.

The Associated Press has not yet called the race. The Goroff campaign said it is waiting for all ballots to be counted.

Zeldin declared victory on Election Night.

"We’re not gathered here tonight as Republicans first, Democrats first, We’re Long Islanders. We’re New Yorkers. We’re Americans. We love our flag, our freedoms, our liberties, our military, our vets, our law enforcement, our constitution, " he said pointing to an American Flag backdrop. "Yeah, and that flag right there!"

Nick LaLota, Republican commissioner of the bipartisan County Board of Elections, said "it became mathematically certain" on Monday that Zeldin won a fourth-term in Congress after thousands of absentee ballots were counted.

Zeldin has a 40,000 vote lead over Goroff, after a 65,000-vote lead he had on Election Day.

Zeldin was on Trump’s legal defense team during his impeachment hearings earlier this year, and sits on the White House Task Force on Reopening the Economy during the pandemic.

He is also a veteran of the Iraq War and lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.

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.