Voters set to make their decision in congressional primaries on Tuesday

Long Islanders will be deciding some key primary races next Tuesday.

News 12 Staff

Aug 19, 2022, 3:05 AM

Updated 666 days ago


Long Islanders will be deciding some key primary races next Tuesday.
The Republican race could come down to who former President Donald Trump decides to back.
Long Island Rep. Andrew Garbarino, of Sayville, annoyed Trump when he voted to certify the results of the 2020 election.
However, former Rep. Pete King doesn't think there will be a lot of backlash against Garbarino.
King retired two years ago after serving nearly three decades in Congress.
Garbarino now represents the district, and King says he expects Garbarino to win his three-way primary.
"You want someone who's independent - he voted with Trump the way 'Trumpets' wanted when Andrew think it's right for the district," King says. "A few times he didn't when he thought that was the right thing to do and there were a number of other Republicans, some very conservative ones, who voted the same way. I don't think anyone wants a rubber stamp in Congress."
In the congressional district covering eastern Suffolk County, three candidates are vying for the Republican nomination to replace Lee Zeldin, who is running for governor.
Nick LaLota has been targeted heavily in campaign ads by Michelle Bond, a former registered Democrat who heads a crypto-currency trade group.
She has the backing of a pro-Trump group known as Long Island Loud Majority and says she backs an "America First" agenda.
Suffolk County Republican Party Chairman Jesse Garcia dismisses the attacks on his party's nominees as campaign rhetoric.
"I get it that everyone wants to 'out-Trump' the next guy," Garcia says. "The thing is our candidates, Nick LaLota and Andrew Garbarino, have the record and the bonafides that have been there as Trump conservatives from day one."
There are also primary races for congressional seats in Nassau County - including a five-way race for the Democratic nomination for the district being vacated by Tom Suozzi.

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