Democrats secure victory, flips seat of scandal-hit New York congressman George Santos | World News


New York: voters suburban new york A Congressman was being chosen to replace those affected by scams. george santos On Tuesday, Democrats poured money into TV ads to try to take their seats from Republicans in an election year.
Voting continues despite heavy snowfall as Democrat Tom Suozzi faces Republican Mazzie Filip.
The winner of the special election will complete the remaining 11 months of ousted Santos's term in the House of Representatives, where a Democrat victory would snatch Republicans' narrow majority.
The campaign ran aggressive attack ads, with Republicans seeking to portray Suozzi as soft on illegal immigration, while Democrats sought to portray Phillips as anti-abortion.
Immigration and abortion are central political issues as the United States prepares to pit President Joe Biden against Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.
An attack ad features archive footage of Suozzi that explicitly claims he fought to keep immigration enforcement officers out of Nassau County when he was the area's top elected official.
Anti-Pilip ads suggested she would seek a nationwide ban on terminations.
Deep snowfall in New York's 3rd Congressional District, which includes the eastern city suburbs and the wealthy North Shore of Long Island, is threatening to complicate voting as officials warned against driving.
Suozzi's campaign responded by offering a dial-a-ride service for voters.
Santos became the third person to be removed as a US lawmaker since the Civil War, a decision previously reserved for traitors and convicted criminals.
He won a House seat in 2022, giving Republicans a slim majority, but it quickly emerged that his backstory was largely fabricated.
“You, sir, are a scoundrel,” said one of several members of his own party denouncing him in the House last year on color fraud charges.
Santos, who has denied criminal charges, allegedly used donor money for Botox treatments and the OnlyFans porn website, as well as luxury Italian goods and vacations, according to the committee investigating his conduct.
While the constituency supported Biden in 2020, Republicans picked up several seats in the area in 2022 and ran an effective local operation to get out the vote.

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