Republicans Flip 2 Long Island Congressional Seats

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

Republicans flipped at two Democrat-held Long Island congressional seats in Tuesday’s elections, but it remains to be seen if the GOP won enough seats nationwide to win control of Congress.

In the 2nd Congressional District race to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove), Republican George Santos beat Democrat Robert Zimmerman, who conceded. And former Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen, a Democrat, conceded Wednesday to Republican Hempstead Town Councilman Anthony D-Esposito in the race in the 4th Congressional District for the seat held by outgoing U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City).

“We took a seat that’s been in Democrat hands for 25 years and took it,” D’Esposito said to a cheering crowd at Nassau GOP’s election night party at the Coral House in Baldwin. “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.”

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