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Democrats’ hopes of a blowout in New York fade as incumbents and candidates fall to Republicans.


Democrats in New York who had hoped to capitalize on anti-Trump sentiment and pick up several congressional seats across the state were delivered sobering news this week, with two first-term Democratic congressmen in danger of losing and candidates far behind in three other districts the party had hoped to flip.

Millions of mail-in ballots are still uncounted and over all the state remains a Democratic stronghold — the party predictably faired well in urban areas with heavy Democratic representation.

But the results, particularly in the suburbs, seemed to validate the message of Republican candidates who campaigned on “law and order” and who tied Democrats to progressive radicalism and efforts to defund the police.

The results showed a widening political divide between New York City and other urban areas and the rest of the state. And they also reflected a shift back toward Republicans after Democrats had made inroads in swing districts in 2018.

In one swing district encompassing Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, Nicole Malliotakis, a Republican state assemblywoman endorsed by President Trump, was leading Representative Max Rose, a first-term Democrat, by about 37,000 votes. While she had already delivered a victory speech, Mr. Rose has not conceded and about 52,000 absentee ballots still need to be counted.

In Central New York, Claudia Tenney, a former Republican congresswoman and close ally of Mr. Trump, was leading against Anthony Brindisi, a moderate Democrat who defeated Ms. Tenney in 2018 in a narrow upset.

And on Long Island, Andrew Garbarino, a Republican, declared victory over Jackie Gordon, a veteran of the Army Reserve, in a race to replace Representative Peter King, the 14-term congressman who was retiring.

Lee Zeldin, a Republican incumbent on Long Island, had a sizable lead over Nancy Goroff, a chemist and a professor at Stony Brook University.

Thomas Suozzi, a Democrat incumbent on Long Island, was losing to George Santos, a Republican private equity executive, by a small margin.

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