Garbarino won 56 percent of the ballots cast during early voting and on Election Day, while Gordon netted just 43 percent of the vote, with 77 percent of election districts reporting.
The tallies do not include any of the 407,000 absentee ballots mailed out by the Boards of Election in Nassau and Suffolk counties to voters seeking to avoid lines at the polls during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s unclear how many include votes in this contest. Under state law, votes sent by mail cannot be counted until Election Day is over.
A spokesman for the Garbarino campaign said 9,000 more Democrats than Republicans cast their ballots in the bi-county district during early voting.
But Garbarino was confident they’d overcome the gap with a strong Republican turnout on Tuesday.
King kickstarted the race to replace him after he announced his retirement from politics in November 2019 after spending more than two decades representing the South Shore in Congress.
His district has traditionally tilted Republican, but the longtime lawmaker’s retirement provided Democrats an opening as they attempt to cement their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives — and they poured in resources.
Gordon’s campaign had raised nearly $3.8 million, more than double the $1.4 million that Garbarino reported. Outside groups on both sides chipped in too, sinking more than $13 million into the race.
Meanwhile, Suffolk County GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin commanded a massive 20 point lead over his Democratic opponent, Nancy Goroff, according to the state Board of Elections.
Zeldin netted 61 percent of the ballots cast during early voting and on Election Day, while Goroff trailed badly with just 39 percent, with 98 percent of districts reporting.
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