Elections 2024: LaLota, Avlon Tack to Center in House Race with National Implications

While eastern Suffolk County has gotten decidedly redder over the last few election cycles, newly minted Democratic congressional nominee John Avlon is poised to mount a stiff challenge for U.S. Rep. Nick LaLota (R-Rocky Point) this Election Day.

A former CNN political reporter, Avlon checks a lot of the right boxes. He’s telegenic and well spoken with good political instincts — and his relatively moderate center-left policies are tailored to appeal to a congressional district that narrowly favored Donald Trump in the 2020 election, but tilts more heavily Republican among voters west of the Shinnecock Canal.