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Border Security Dominates in New York Special Election to Replace Rep. Santos

Written by on February 14, 2024

The special election to fill the vacancy of expelled New York Republican Congressman George Santos has become a focal point for testing Democratic strategies in swing districts crucial for House control in November. The race, dominated by immigration politics, features former Democratic Congressman Tom Suozzi and Nassau County Republican legislator Mazi Melesa Pilip. With public polls indicating a tight contest, both candidates and their supporters have emphasized the impact of migrant influxes into New York City on the district. The campaign has seen over $20 million spent on advertisements and voter mobilization efforts.

Suozzi, aiming for a bipartisan approach, has highlighted his previous congressional tenure and membership in the “problem solver’s caucus,” advocating for a recently proposed but stalled Senate immigration bill. In contrast, Pilip has focused her campaign on criticizing Suozzi’s record and linking him to broader immigration challenges and the Washington establishment while sharing her immigrant story.

The election is seen as a potential indicator for the 2024 elections, especially on the issue of border security among suburban voters.

Source: NPR

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