Four takeaways from New York’s Midterm elections

On Tuesday night time Governor Kathy Hochul nabbed her first full time period in office, as the first woman ever to be elected governor of New York, staving off a problem from GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin in a race that was far nearer than anticipated – in keeping with unofficial outcomes from the state Board of Elections (BOE). 

Other Democrats on the high of the ticket simply turned away Republican challengers Tuesday night time, together with U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, state Attorney General Letitia James and state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. 

However, Republicans look to have made some vital beneficial properties in Congress, by flipping 4 seats of their favor, and breaking the Democrats’ supermajority within the state Senate. The GOP additionally fared effectively in a number of southern Brooklyn races for state Senate and Assembly.

Below are 4 election takeaways from the PoliticsNY information group.

Tightest governor’s race in many years

While Hochul could have eked out a victory Tuesday night time, she solely won by roughly 6 percentage points, with 94% of precincts reporting.

That’s on tempo to be the slimmest margin any New York governor has received by since 1994, when former Governor George Pataki upset Mario Cuomo. In a press release conceding the race to Hochul Wednesday, Zeldin emphasised the slim margin in a solidly blue state like New York.

“This race was a once in a generation campaign, with a very close margin in the bluest of blue states,” Zeldin mentioned. “The unrelenting passion and hard work of our grassroots volunteers and supporters made this incredibly close race possible and helped us win at least 49 of New York’s 62 counties. Republicans, Democrats and Independents united as New Yorkers, pouring their heart and soul into this campaign.”

U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin at his election night time watch celebration at Cipriani in Midtown Manhattan. Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.Photo by Dean Moses/amNY File

The race was far nearer than initially anticipated, as Zeldin picked up momentum in a number of public surveys within the weeks main up the election, after trailing Hochul by double digits for a lot of the summer time. Zeldin’s rise within the polls appeared to be fueled by his nearly singular give attention to crime and the assistance of rich cosmetics inheritor Ronald Lauder, who dumped $11 million into super PACs supporting his campaign.

Hochul was capable of come out on high with a big increase from Democratic voter-rich New York City, which she won by nearly 70% – compared to Zeldin’s 30% – with 97% of the vote counted, in keeping with unofficial outcomes from the town BOE. 

However, Zeldin performed better than expected in Queens compared to the 2018 Republican nominee Marc Molinaro, who was defeated by ex-Governor Andrew Cuomo. He additionally drew large assist from Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish enclaves in Borough Park, Midwood and Williamsburg.

GOP beneficial properties 4 NY House seats

Republicans’ efforts to retake the House nationally will certainly be helped by 4 seats they’re on observe to flip from blue to pink on Long Island and within the Hudson Valley.

The Long Island seats include outgoing U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi’s Congressional District 3, which he vacated to launch an finally unsuccessful run for governor earlier this year, and Congressional District 4 – at present held by outgoing U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice.

As of Wednesday afternoon, unofficial BOE tabulations confirmed Republicans Goerge Santos – a Wall Street financier – and Hempstead Town Council Member Anthony D-Esposito on tempo to win their races within the third and 4rth Districts responsively. Both declared victory over their Democratic opponents Robert Zimmerman and Laura Gillen Tuesday night time.

According to reporting from the Long Island Press, D-Esposito celebrated nabbing a seat that has been below Democratic management for practically three many years at his election night time watch celebration on the south shore of Nassau County.

“We took a seat that’s been in Democrat hands for 25 years and took it,” D’Esposito mentioned. “And I look forward to joining the rest of the Long Island delegation down in Washington, D.C. to be that voice. We together are going to have a loud voice delivering Long Island’s message to the halls of Capitol Hill.”

Anthony D’Esposito celebrates his win in New York 4th congressional district.Photo by Briana Bonfiglio/Long Island Press File

In the Hudson Valley, U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney – chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) – lost his reelection bid in the 17th District to Republican Assembly Member Mike Lawler. Maloney conceded the race to Lawler late Wednesday morning.

Although he at present represents the 18th District, Maloney ran in CD17 following this year’s redistricting as a result of he thought it could be extra advantageous to his reelection probabilities – pushing out the district’s present Rep. Mondaire Jones within the course of.

Marc Molinaro came out victorious in the contest for the 19th District against Democratic rival Josh Riley. The district is at present represented by Democrat Pat Ryan who as an alternative ran in CD18, the place he appears to be like to have overcome his GOP competitor Colin Schmitt.

Donald Trump has a really dangerous night time 

With Democrats in energy over a slumping financial system and an growing disaster on the border, amongst different points the anticipated pink wave by no means got here and the divisive former President Donald Trump has to shoulder a few of the blame for his denial that he lost the 2020 Presidential election and the Jan. 6 rebellion.

FILE PHOTO: Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks throughout a rally to spice up Ohio Republican candidates forward of their May 3 major election, on the county fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio, U.S. April 23, 2022. REUTERS/Gaelen Morse/File Photo/File Photo

The former president backed a number of dropping Republicans in key nationwide elections. This included in Pennsylvania the place Democrat Josh Shapiro romped over Republican Doug Mastriano within the governor’s race and Democrat John Fetterman bested Mehmet Oz, a Republican, to flip management of a U.S. Senate seat.

In Georgia, Trump’s candidate Herschel Walker stays in play however couldn’t defeat Sen. Raphael Warnock. Meanwhile, Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, who stood as much as Trump when he contested the 2020 presidential outcomes, simply beat Democrat Stacey Abrams in his re-election bid.

Additionally, Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis received re-election in a landslide, and anticipated to current an actual problem to Trump ought to he run for president once more.

GOP romps in Southern Brooklyn

Republicans in Brooklyn, who haven’t held an meeting seat totally within the borough since Arnaldo A. Ferraro served, in 1985-86, flipped three seats if the figures maintain up.

Lester Chang
Alec Brook-Krasny

In the forty sixth Assembly District, Republican Alec Brook-Krasny stays narrowly forward of incumbent Democratic Assembly Member Mathylde Frontus. Meanwhile, two longtime Democratic Assembly Members Steven Cymbrowitz within the forty fifth Assembly District, and Peter Abbate within the forty ninth Assembly District lost convincingly to Republican Michael Novakhov and Lester Chang.

I consider we [Republicans] picked up sis meeting seats statewide and three of them got here from Brooklyn as soon as they’re licensed,” mentioned Brooklyn GOP Chair Ted Ghorra. “We have been working to build a party so we can have a terrific two party system. And we’re continuing to work in that direction. I’m going to continue to work hard, because people need to be represented by representatives that are going to work hard and represent the constituents.”

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