Zeldin defeats Bishop in 1st Congressional District race
Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop has conceded to Republican challenger Lee Zeldin in the 1st Congressional District race.
The district, which spans from Smithtown to Montauk and Orient points, will be under Republican control for the first time in 12 years, when Bishop was first elected in 2002.
Zeldin, a major in the Army Reserves, had said that nothing will change in Washington if voters keep sending the same people to office.
Millions of campaign dollars were spent on the race from both sides, locally and nationally. Potential voters were also flooded with negative attack ads on TV and in mailers.
The race was a rematch of 2008, when Zeldin was not yet a state senator.