Special Election Date Set to Replace Santos – Gov. Kathy Hochul set the date for the special election in New York to fill the vacancy left by the expulsion of former Rep. George Santos on Friday. The election is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 13. Nominees in Nassau County and Queens will be selected by party leaders without a primary.
This race, taking place in a traditional battleground area of New York, is considered a significant indicator, especially since Santos secured 54 percent of the vote in this region in 2022. It is anticipated that Democrats will choose former Rep. Tom Suozzi, the previous seat holder who retired to run for governor in 2022.
In the past few days, other contenders, including former state Sen. Anna Kaplan, have argued that Suozzi may not be sufficiently aligned on issues such as abortion. After a clandestine meeting in Albany on Monday, Hochul agreed not to oppose her former opponent Suozzi’s bid, during which he apologized for his campaign attacks from last year.
The screening of numerous potential contenders by Republicans is underway, and they anticipate revealing their nominee shortly. Despite Democrats facing challenges across Long Island in the previous year’s elections, a trend that persisted in local contests last month, Suozzi has a track record of outperforming his party. Democrats maintain optimism that the seat is within reach.