Democrat Tom Suozzi Wins NY House Seat

Democratic former Rep. Tom Suozzi is heading back to Congress after he won the special election in New York’s 3rd District 54%-46% to replace truth-challenged former GOP Rep. George Santos.

Suozzi previously held the seat for three terms before an unsuccessful gubernatorial run.

His Republican challenger was Nassau County legislator Mazi Pilip, who had fought in the Israel Defense Forces before immigrating to the United States.

From the New York Times:

The outcome flipped one of the five House seats Democrats need to retake the majority in November, giving the party a badly needed shot of optimism.

But Mr. Suozzi’s campaign also provided something that may prove more valuable, a playbook for candidates across the country competing on turf where President Biden and his party remain deeply unpopular.

The strategy went something like this: Challenge Republicans on issues that they usually monopolize, like crime, taxes and, above all, immigration. Flash an independent streak.

And fire up the Democratic base with attacks — in this case, nearly $10 million in ads — on the abortion issue and former President Donald J. Trump, the likely Republican nominee for the White House.