Rep. Kathleen Rice with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in May 2015.

Nassau County residents voted early in droves, not just by absentee ballot but in person too. About 171,000 people in Nassau voted early, including about 82,000 registered Democrats and 48,800 registered Republicans.

More than 144,000 absentee ballots were requested by Republicans and Democrats in Nassau, a spokeswoman for the county Board of Elections told Patch on Friday afternoon. About 99,000 of those were requested by registered Democrats and about 45,000 by registered Republicans.

Approximately 93,000 absentee ballots were returned: around 65,000 from registered Democrats and 28,000 from registered Republicans, the Board of Elections said.

All 150 seats in the New York Assembly were up for election on Tuesday, and all seats in the state Senate and Assembly were up for grabs.

Nationally, all eyes were on the presidential race between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden. Biden has won New York and its 29 electoral votes. An outcome could still be days away as states count mail-in ballots.

Local races also ran into delays in reporting because of the large increase in voters and the time required to count the many absentee ballots. The following results may change as more votes are counted.

The biggest Congressional race on the island may have been in the 2nd District between incumbent Republican New York State Assembly member Andrew Garbarino and Democrat Jackie Gordon, combat veteran and educator. Both were vying to replace Rep. Peter King, who did not seek reelection after seven years in office. Garbarino had a strong lead over Gordon, garnering 58% of the vote to her 41% Wednesday afternoon.

On the North Shore perhaps the biggest surprise was the tight race between incumbent Democrat Tom Suozzi and Republican George Santos to represent the 3rd Congressional District. Santos was leading with 50.5% of the votes to Suozzi’s 49%.

In the 4th Congressional District, which includes the Five Towns, incumbent Democrat Kathleen Rice was outperforming by Republican Douglas Tuman 52% to 47.3%.
“We are still awaiting the final vote tally, and every absentee ballot must be counted, but the result of the election is clear,” Rice said in a statement. “I want to congratulate my opponents for running a hard race. I commend anyone who is willing to put themselves out there to serve their community.”

Republican incumbent Lee Zeldin has been declared the winner by a wide margin in the race for New York’s 1st Congressional District seat against challenger Democrat Nancy Goroff. Zeldin led Goroff with 69% of the vote to her 39%. Zeldin is one of two Jewish Republicans in Congress, and serves as co-chairman of the House Republican Israel Caucus.

In Assembly District 20, Democrat Gregory Marks was trailing incumbent Republican Melissa Miller by a wide margin, with 35.6% of the vote compared to Miller’s 64.4%.

“I am so happy to be given the opportunity to continue to serve the amazing people of the 20th district,” Miller said in a statement. “It is truly an honor and I will continue to make all voices heard.

In District 16, Democrat Anthony D’Urso made a surprise announcement in February that he would not seek re-election. Democrats nominated longtime public servant Gina Sillitti to succeed him. She didn’t have enough power to beat Republican businesswoman Ragini Srivastava, a businesswoman who has served on the Nassau County Comptroller’s Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Council. Srivastava won with 53.5% of the vote to Sillitti’s 46%

In the 11th District, Nicole Malliotakis, a Republican endorsed by President Trump, held Democratic Representative Max Rose to one term, holding on to 58% of the votes to Rose’s 42%.

Incumbent State Sen. Todd Kaminsky, a Democrat, declared victory early Wednesday morning over Republican challenger Victoria Johnson, but she said she was waiting for all the votes to be counted, including absentee ballots. With all of the Election Day and early voting ballots counted, Kaminsky had a comfortable lead over Johnson 53.3%to 46.7%. The 9th Senate District includes Long Beach, Island Park, Oceanside, Rockville Centre, Baldwin, Malverne, the Five Towns, Lynbrook, East Rockaway, and parts of Valley Stream, Elmont, Franklin Square and West Hempstead.

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