Democrat Tom Suozzi wins special election for House seat vacated by Santos

Suozzi defeated Republican Mazi Pilip to reclaim a job he previously held for three terms before an unsuccessful run for governor.

News 12 Staff

Feb 13, 2024, 10:40 AM

Updated 68 days ago

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Democrat Tom Suozzi won the special election for the congressional seat that was vacated by ousted Rep. George Santos on Tuesday.
Suozzi defeated Republican Mazi Pilip to reclaim a job he previously held for three terms before an unsuccessful run for governor.
“Despite all the attacks, despite all the lies about Tom Suozzi and the squad, about Tom Suozzi being the godfather of the migrant crisis, about ‘Sanctuary Suozzi,’ despite the dirty tricks, despite the vaunted Nassau County Republican machine, we won,” Suozzi said in his victory speech.
The victory narrows the slim Republican majority in the House and gives Democrats a much-needed win in a district where the GOP showed surprising strength in recent elections.
Pilip, who represents Nassau's 10th District in the county Legislature, conceded the race shortly after the race was called.
The special election became necessary when Santos was ousted by his colleagues, including many members of his own party, in December due to revelations that he lied during his campaign and misused campaign funds.
Suozzi will keep the seat until November when he will face another challenge to keep it in Democratic control.
(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)


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