A high-stakes special election in disgraced ex-Congressman George Santos’ former district goes to the polls today – in a race that will likely have major implications for national politics.
The special election in New York’s 3rd Congressional district pits Republican newcomer Mazi Pilip up against Tom Suozzi, a former three-term congressman, who vacated the seat in 2021 to launch an unsuccessful run for governor.
Ms Pilip is an Ethiopian-born, former Israeli Defense Force paratrooper whose compelling backstory has Republicans touting her as a future star of the party.
The by-election has taken on added significance due to Republicans’ slim majority in the House, and is shaping up as a bellwether for how well both parties are faring ahead of the 2024 general election.
The seat is up for grabs after Mr Santos was expelled from Congress in December last year following a series of highly embarrassing public revelations.
Just weeks after winning his race for Congress, the Republican lawmaker was revealed to have lied about large parts of his life and resume, including about his education, Wall Street career, and even his mother surviving the September 11 attacks.
Tribal divisions trump George Santos scandals in knife-edge New York special election
Democrat Tom Suozzi and Republican Mazi Pilip will have to overcome a blizzard and an intense partisan divide to win a special election being held in George Santos’ former New York district on Tuesday. Bevan Hurley reports from Long Island
Rod Ardehali13 February 2024 09:50
A few quips aside, Mr Santos has been largely anonymous in debates and campaign speeches by the two candidates.
One thing is clear: New York’s 3rd Congressional district is ready to move on from the embarrassment of the scandal-plagued, federally-indicted George Santos.
Rod Ardehali13 February 2024 09:40