Democrats Win NY-03 Special Election

February 14, 2024

Democrats scored a key victory in yesterday’s special election in New York’s 3rd congressional district to replace former Rep. George Santos (R-NY). Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY), who departed the House in 2022 to pursue a bid for the Empire State’s governor’s mansion, defeated local GOP county legislator Mazi Pilip by eight points in a race that election forecasters widely rated as a tossup. Once Rep. Suozzi is sworn in, the breakdown of the House will be 219 Republicans and 213 Democrats. Republicans are heavily favored to win in a pair of upcoming special elections later this spring to replace former Reps. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Bill Johnson (R-OH).