Rep. Suozzi, multiple Nassau Dems declare victory in local races
UPDATE: Democrat Thomas Suozzi wins reelection to U.S. House in New York's 3rd Congressional District, according to the AP.
Rep. Tom Suozzi has declared victory for the 3rd Congressional District seat after his Republican challenger conceded the race Tuesday.
Suozzi tweeted a statement Tuesday that George Santos called him to concede, saying he thanked Santos for reaching out.
A spokesperson for George Santos' campaign confirmed that he is conceding to Suozzi, saying, "I am proud that we gained the support of every PBA and first responder organization that endorsed this cycle. I am personally so grateful for the efforts of our volunteers and those who stood by us from the very beginning. Our volunteers and those who supported our campaign worked hard to help us fight until the very end."
Santos held a lead over Suozzi in the days following Election Day, but Suozzi has opened up a lead of over 10,000 votes as absentee ballots are counted.
Santos' campaign congratulated Suozzi, saying, "We wish him well going forward for the benefit of our district and constituents."
Suozzi was elected to his third term in Congress. He said in a statement that he "looks forward to continuing to work on behalf of the people I represent."
The declaration comes in the wake of a few other declared victories for area Democrats -- including state Sens. Anna Kaplan and Kevin Thomas.
Kaplan tweeted that she received a phone call from opponent Dave Franklin conceding their race Tuesday. Thomas declared victory Monday and gave an acceptance speech Tuesday.
"This is a season of new beginnings. This election was the most important of our lifetime. Nothing could be taken for granted this time around," says Thomas.
Nassau Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs also says he is declaring the 21st state Assembly District for Judy Griffin. Griffin holds a 2,000-vote advantage over opponent Patricia Canzoneri-Fitzpatrick.
"We knew this 'red mirage' would turn out to be a blue ocean and that's what happened I think," says Jacobs.
The Nassau County Board of Elections has not officially certified any of the races. It began counting absentee ballots on Thursday.