Republican state Senator Lee Zeldin soundly defeated six-term incumbent Democrat Tim Bishop in New York's first Congressional District.
Going into the night, both campaigns expected the race to be so tight that a winner might not be known until December when all the absentee ballots were counted. But an hour after polls closed Zeldin was up by several thousand votes. The margin ultimately grew to 16 thousand votes, or ten percent.
The last two election cycles on Eastern Long Island have seen a self funded Republican with tentative ties to the district attempt to oust six-term incumbent Tim Bishop. This year, another one is trying. A look at what makes New York's first congressional district that is so attractive to "carpetbaggers."
Lawyer and former prosecutor George Demos has a lot of personal wealth. State Senator Lee Zeldin has the politically established, big money donors.
According to disclosure statements filed with the Federal Election Commission Demos didn't raise any money this year on Long Island. In fact, his entire campaign war chest has only about $8,000 of on-Island money.