Hochul Declares Victory, Zeldin Not Conceding – DeSantis, Rubio Win in Florida
Edited by: TJVNews.com
New York voters headed to the polls on election day to cast their vote for governor, as incumbent Kathy Hochul faced off with Rep. Lee Zeldin in a heated contest, the New York Post reported.
Zeldin, a Long Island congressman has called out Hochul for her stance on gun rights and bail reform, among other policies, the report indicated.
Meanwhile, Hochul, who is New York’s first female governor, is running for her first full term after replacing former governor Andrew Cuomo after he stepped down amid allegations of sexual harassment.
Rep.Lee Zeldin expresses his thanks to the Syrian Jewish Community for supporting his campaign for governor & urges everyone to vote before 9 pm tonight! @RepLeeZeldin @leezeldin #Election2022 #Midterms2022 #syrianjews #Brooklyn pic.twitter.com/wP8fa9Q6JK
— The Jewish Voice (@JewishVoice) November 8, 2022
As of 11:32 pm, with 64% of the vote counted in the Empire State, Hochul has 56.7% of the vote with her Republican challenger Lee Zeldin receiving 43.3% of the vote. No winner has been called.
At 9:48 pm, with 21 percent of the vote counted Hochul was leading Zeldin by 65.3 percent of the vote as opposed to Zeldin’s 34.7 percent of the vote in the Empire State.
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Hochul took a commanding lead in solid blue counties in New York and Zeldin received his shate of votes in traditionally read counties in upstate New York such as Onandoga County and Madison County. He also was lead out in Nassau and Suffolk counties in Long Island which is his home turf.
Around midnight, Hochul announced to her supporters that victory was in her hands, while Zeldin asked his supporters to wait until all votes came in. He did not offer any kind of concession.
Representative Nicole Malliotakis defended her seat on Tuesday against Max Rose, the Democrat whom she unseated two years ago, preserving her status as the lone Republican in New York City’s House delegation, according to The Associated Press.
Malliotakis won re-election in New York’s 11th Congressional District, which encompasses Staten Island and a section of southern Brooklyn, and is the most conservative-leaning in the city, the New York Times reported.
Malliotakis is the only Republican member representing New York City in Congress in the new Republican majority U.S. House of Representatives. The 11th Congressional District encompasses all of Staten Island and includes southern Brooklyn communities such as Fort Hamilton, Dyker Heights, and Bensonhurst. The redistricting process which included the NYS Court of Appeals declaring the lines approved by Albany as unconstitutional ordered a court master to redraw the congressional like which made the 11th Congressional District more friendly to Republicans.
Shortly after the Associated Press called the race at around 9:45 p.m., Malliotakis led Rose by more than 26 percentage points. The NYT reported that she held a significant lead with voters in Staten Island, which makes up the bulk of the district.
In Malliotakis’s re-election campaign, she followed her party’s strategy of focusing on the economy and public safety, pinning rising inflation and crime on Democratic leaders and, by extension, on Max Rose, the NYT reported.
In particular, she focused on changes to New York’s bail laws made by state Democrats in 2019, which she blamed for an uptick in crime, as was reported by the Times. Though Rose was not involved, she noted that he had voiced support for the principles behind bail reform in the past.
For his part, Rose focused his campaign heavily on abortion access, arguing that Malliotakis would support further restrictions in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the Times report indicated. He also tried to link. Malliotakis to far-right factions of her party, zeroing in on her voting against certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election after the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021, as was reported by the Times.
Malliotakis, a former state assemblywoman, was able to build on the success she found in 2020, when she beat Rose by about six percentage points, and kept the seat in Republican hands after it flipped parties in each of the previous two elections, the NYT report indicated.
In other local New York City races, the heavy turnout in the Russian and Jewish community in Southern Brooklyn for Zeldin has elected Republicans to the State Assembly for the first time in 100 years. 21-year incumbent Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz was defeated by Republican incumbent Michael Novakhov by over 20% of the vote. With 88% of the vote in, the 35-year incumbent Peter Abbate is 5% behind Republican challenger Lester Chang. Republican Alec Brook-Krasny is leading Democratic Assemblywoman Mathylde Frontus in a tight race as well.
As to the Zeldin campaign, his recent surge in the polls led the RealClearPolitics website to call the contest a toss-up and forced worried Democrats to deploy some of their biggest guns — including President Biden and Bill and Hillary Clinton to New York to stump for Hochul, the Post reported.
The Empire State also features a series of competitive congressional contests, including the closely watched match-up between US Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-Newburgh) and state Assemblyman Mike Lawler (R-Pearl River), the Post reported.
Maloney is chairman of the Democratic National Campaign Committee — which supports the party’s House candidates and the NY Post reported that a loss would mark the first ouster of someone holding that post since 1980, as well as a potential national bellwether.
The Post also reported that other candidates running neck and neck include Republican County Executive Marc Molinaro and Democrat Josh Riley, a former aide to ex-Minnesota Sen. Al Franken.
They’re vying to succeed former Democratic Rep. Anthony Delgado, who resigned to become lieutenant governor after Hochul’s first No. 2, Brian Benjamin, got busted on bribery charges in an alleged campaign finance scheme, according to the Post report.
Navy veterans Brandon Williams, a Republican, and Iraq War veteran and former Pentagon adviser Francis Conole are running to succeed Rep. John Katko (R-Auburn), who announced his retirement after becoming one of only 10 GOP House members who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump over the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol.
In other New York races, Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer had taken a commanding lead over his opponent, Republican Joe Pinion. As of 11:30 pm, Schumer had 68.2% of the vote and Pinion had 31.3% of the vote. Independent party candidate Diane Sare got 0.5% of the vote.
New York Attorney General Letitia James, one of former President Donald Trump’s chief legal nemeses, won a second term Tuesday.
James, a Democrat, was challenged by Republican Michael Henry, a commercial litigation attorney who has been endorsed by various police unions but faced long odds against one of the state’s most powerful Democrats, Fox News reported.
James, 64, made history when she took office in January 2019. Fox News reported that she is the first Black woman elected to statewide office, the state’s first Black attorney general and the first woman elected to the post.
In local US House of Representative races, the incumbent Gregory Meeks of the 5th congressional district in Brooklyn had a substantial lead over Republican Paul King. In the 6th congressional district, incumbent Grace Meng defended her seat against Republican Thomas Zmich.
Others who won US House seats in Brooklyn include Nydia Velazquez, Hakeem Jeffries, Yvette Clarke, and Dan Goldman.
Outside of Brooklyn, in such locations as Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens and Westchester the winners of US House seats included incumbent Jerrold Nadler, Adriano Espaillat, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ritchie Torres, Jamaal Bowman, Sean Patrick Maloney, Pat Ryan, Elise Stefanik, Nick Langworthy, Claudia Tenney and Joseph Morelle.
In other parts of the nation, a neck in neck race is taking place in Georgia between Republican Herschel Walker and Democrat Raphael Warnock the state’s open Senate seat with a difference of less than 1% late Tuesday night, according to a report in the New York Post.
With just 24,620 more votes than Warnock, Walker had held a .74% lead in the election results as of 10:50 p.m., according to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Those totals are based on the results reported from about 87% of voting precincts in the state, the Post reported. About 3,377,612 voters cast ballots in the 2022 midterm elections, according to Raffensperger’s office.
President Biden called seven more winning Democratic candidates after 10 p.m., the White House said late Tuesday — adding to the seven who he called earlier in the night — as the president urged West Coast voters to “stay in line,” the Post reported.
Biden “completed congratulatory calls” to Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and to Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro.
The Post also reported that Biden called northern Virginia Rep. Jennifer Wexton, who narrowly defeated a challenge from Republican Hung Cao.
The president’s staff-managed Twitter account shared a photo of him wearing a sweater with a phone in hand as most closely contested races remained too close to call, the Post reported.
“Just got off the phone with some of tonight’s winners — including some folks I saw on the road this year. If you’re in line to vote, remember to stay in line!” the message said, the Post reported.
Democrat Josh Shapiro will be the next governor of Pennsylvania, Fox News projected.
Shapiro topped Republican Doug Mastriano to replace Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat who is term-limited out of office.
Shapiro is currently the attorney general in the state, serving since 2017. Mastriano is retired Army colonel and state senator since 2019. He was backed by former President Donald Trump.
Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams conceded to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Tuesday in a rematch of their 2018 race, the Associated Press reported.
Abrams called Kemp to concede, according to his campaign, and went on stage minutes later to congratulate the governor.
Kemp, who was a developer before serving as a state senator and secretary of state, clinched another term despite attacks from former President Donald Trump that threatened to snuff out support in his own party.
Democrat Wes Moore was elected Maryland’s first Black governor Tuesday, defeating Republican Dan Cox in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1, as was reported by the AP.
Moore’s victory flips a governor’s office from Republican to Democratic. Of the 36 governor’s races this year, Maryland and Massachusetts represented the best chances for Democrats to regain a governor’s office at a time when the GOP holds a 28-22 edge in governor’s seats, the AP reported. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is term limited.
Only two other Black politicians have ever been elected governor in the United States — Virginia’s Douglas Wilder in 1989, and Deval Patrick of Massachusetts in 2006.
The AP reported that with the slogan “leave no one behind,” the combat veteran and former CEO of one of the nation’s largest anti-poverty organizations campaigned on creating equal opportunity for Maryland residents.
“When I was an Army captain and led soldiers into combat in Afghanistan, we lived by a simple principle: Leave no one behind … Real patriotism means bringing people together,” Moore told a crowd gathered in downtown Baltimore during his victory speech. “It means lifting each other up and improving each other’s lives.”
Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis won reelection to a second term Tuesday in a dominant victory over Democrat Charlie Crist, bolstering his rise as a prominent GOP star with potential White House ambitions, the AP reported.
DeSantis’ win continues a rightward shift for what was formerly the nation’s largest swing state, with voters in even the once-Democratic stronghold of Miami-Dade County embracing a governor who framed his candidacy as a battle against what he characterized as the woke agenda of liberals, as was reported by the AP.
“We fight the woke in the Legislature. We fight the woke in the schools. We fight the woke in the corporations. We will never, ever surrender to the woke mob. Florida is where woke goes to die,” DeSantis told elated supporters during his victory speech, telling the crowd in closing, “I have only begun to fight.”
The AP reported that in the lead-up to the election, DeSantis harnessed the power of incumbency to assemble media, often on short notice and far outside major markets, for news conferences where he would spend significant time honing critiques of Democratic President Joe Biden, liberal policies and the mainstream media, delivered before cheering crowds.
Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, a libertarian-leaning conservative and former presidential candidate, won a third term Tuesday by defeating a rival from the other end of the political spectrum, progressive Democrat Charles Booker, as was reported by the AP.
First elected in the tea party-driven wave of 2010, Paul’s victory extended a long GOP winning streak in Kentucky Senate races. The AP reported that the Bluegrass State hasn’t elected a Democrat to the Senate since Wendell Ford in 1992.
Booker was the first Black Kentuckian to run as the state’s Democratic nominee for the Senate, but his trailblazing campaign came up short against Paul, the AP reported. It was Booker’s second bid for the Senate. In 2020, he barely lost the Democratic Senate primary to an establishment-backed rival routed that year by Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell in the general election.
Paul has gained a national voice in promoting limited government and restraint in U.S. foreign policy, according to the AP. One of the Senate’s most contrarian voices, he also denounced what he views as government overreach in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The AP also reported that Oklahoma’s Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt held off a bruising challenge to his reelection on Tuesday, defeating Democrat Joy Hofmeister despite millions of dollars in attack ads against him.
Stitt, 49, was aided in part by a late infusion of advertisements from the Republican Governor’s Association that linked Hofmeister to President Joe Biden, who lost every one of the state’s 77 counties in the 2020 presidential election and remains unpopular in the state, according to the AP report. The ads also criticized Hofmeister, the state’s superintendent of public schools who switched parties to run against Stitt, for supporting a series of tax increases in 2018 that helped fund pay raises for teachers.
Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey has been elected governor of Massachusetts, making history as the nation’s first openly lesbian governor, the AP reported.
The AP reported that Healey, the state’s first woman and openly gay candidate elected to the office, defeated Republican Geoff Diehl, a former state representative who had the endorsement of former President Donald Trump.
Her election returns the governor’s office to Democrats after eight years of Republican leadership under the popular Gov. Charlie Baker, who opted not to seek reelection, the AP reported.
Healey and her running mate, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, were among three all-female governor/lieutenant governor tickets in the U.S. that began Election Day with a chance to become the first such pairing elected to lead a state.