Democrat Laura Gillen ran against Republican Anthony D'Esposito in New York's 4th Congressional District.
The 4th District covers southern sections of Nassau County on Long Island.
Republican Anthony D'Esposito defeated Democrat Laura Gillen in New York's 4th Congressional District. Democratic incumbent Rep. Kathleen Rice announced she would not seek reelection, leaving the seat up for grabs.
Polls closed in the state at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
New York's 4th Congressional District candidates
Gillen is a former supervisor of Hempstead. Elected in 2017, she made history as the first Democrat to hold the position in more than a century. She lost her reelection bid two years later.
Before entering public service, Gillen worked for more than a decade as a litigator with Uniondale's Westerman Ball Ederer Miller Zucker & Sharfstein law firm. She had the endorsement of the outgoing representative, Rice, under her belt as well.
D'Esposito, Gillen's opponent, is a Hempstead Town Councilman and a retired New York Police Department detective. Prior to entering politics, D'Esposito also served as chief of the Island Park Fire Department. The Hempstead Republican is a member of a plethora of local organizations, including the New York Association of Fire Chiefs and Italian Americans in Government, and he co-chairs the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program.
This South Shore seat he ran for hadn't been won by a Republican since 1996, but Republicans had some hope in D'Esposito following GOP wins in local races.
Voting history for New York's 4th Congressional District
New York's 4th Congressional District covers southern sections of Nassau County.
Joe Biden had a more than 12-percentage-point margin of victory over President Donald Trump under the district's previous boundaries in 2020. The once-in-a-decade redistricting process following the 2020 Census made the district slightly more Democratic.
The money race
According to OpenSecrets, Gillen raised more than $1.4 million, spent more than $1.5 million, and had about $272,000 cash on hand, as of October 19. Her opponent, D'Esposito, raised more than $1 million, spent about $946,000, and had about $112,000 still left to spend, as of October 19.
As of November 3, several super PACs, national party committees, and other non-candidate groups had combined to spend more than $3 million to advocate for or against the candidates. Republican hybrid PAC Congressional Leadership Fund led all spenders, with Democratic hybrid PAC House Majority PAC close behind.
What experts say
The race between Gillen and D'Esposito was rated as "lean Democratic" by Inside Elections, "lean Democratic" by The Cook Political Report, and "leans Democratic" by Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.
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