Republicans secured a major win on Tuesday night on Long Island as Republican Ed Romaine defeated Democrat Dave Malone as Suffolk County executive.
Romaine won with over 56% of the votes, according to the projected vote totals for the election.
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"Romaine’s victory gives Republicans commanding control on the eastern part of Long Island, where the GOP occupies all the countywide seats in Nassau and Suffolk counties as well as all four congressional seats," Fox News reported.
"The Republican victory builds on the 'red wave' that has swept across Long Island in recent years, which political analysts have attributed to spiking crime and the liberal push to defund police," it added.
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"Overall, that doesn’t bode very well for Democrats who are hoping to flip key congressional seats in the suburbs next year," City & State New York reported.
"Republicans currently hold all four House seats on Long Island – two in Suffolk County, which just solidified GOP control with Romaine’s victory, and two in Nassau County," it continued.
“It's been decades since the last time that we have seen both of the county executives Republican, both the district attorneys, all the House seats. I don't even remember offhand when the last time that happened,” former Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin said.
The red wave on Long Island marked a bright spot for the GOP on an election night that didn't turn out well for the party.
In Kentucky, Democrats held the governor role despite a Trump-endorsed opponent in David Cameron. In Virginia, Democrats won back power in the House of Delegates despite Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin's efforts.
The New York win shows that many conservatives continue to vote in what is known as a blue state, giving hope for the future of the party.