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    GOP NYPD Detective Takes Congressional Seat from Democrats for First Time in Decades

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    A former law enforcement agent from New York is responsible for one of the biggest swings of the 2022 midterm elections, which the Republicans will almost certainly use to regain control of the House of Representatives.

    Anthony D’Esposito of the GOP won the 4th Congressional District of New York on Monday, according to election statistics source Decision Desk HQ. Even though The Associated Press had predicted the outcome last week, the announcement from one of the major media sources for election statistics served as the deciding factor for the Democratic party in a seat they had held since the 1990s.

    D’Esposito is ahead of Laura Gillen, the Democratic nominee, by a margin of 51.9 to 48.1 percent as of Tuesday morning, when 96 percent of the votes had been counted.

    The Republicans currently hold 217 House seats, one fewer than the required majority after three elections were declared on Monday night. That implies that, while nothing is ever certain, the Democrats must triumph in each of the 14 races that are still undeclared.

    D’Esposito was one of the Republicans who performed well in the midterm elections last week, despite the party’s overall poor showing. The Cook Partisan Voter Index rates the 4th Congressional District of New York as D+5 according to Ballotpedia. President Joe Biden is predicted to have received 56.8% of the vote in the newly created district on the western portion of Long Island, notwithstanding changes made to it after the 2020 election.

    Rep. Kathleen Rice, a Democrat, formerly held the position but declared earlier this year that she would not seek reelection. Prior to it, the position had also been held by Carolyn McCarthy, who is well known for being a gun control campaigner.

    On the town council of Hempstead is D’Esposito, a former investigator with the New York Police Department. According to D’Esposito’s campaign website, he is “running for Congress because Nassau County needs a strong voice in Washington that’s focused on the things that matter most — tax relief, public safety and easing the burden on the middle class.”

    “As a Hempstead Town Councilman, Anthony believes in protecting taxpayers by ‘doing more with less’ and has used this approach to provide effective, conservative leadership in America’s largest town,” according to D’Esposito. “He has cut or frozen taxes in each of the last four budgets passed by the Hempstead Town Board — resulting in multiple credit rating upgrades from respected Wall Street credit rating agencies Moody’s Investors Service and S&P Global Ratings.”

    “Anthony led the Town’s pandemic response, providing assistance to local businesses, healthcare providers and struggling families. As Councilman, Anthony helped address food insecurity, enable businesses to keep their doors open and support local schools, hospitals and first responders. This built upon Anthony’s work to help Nassau County in the aftermath of the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy.”

    More on this story via The Western Journal:

    D’Esposito’s win gives the GOP 11 seats in the New York delegation to the next Congress. Despite the fact New York lost a seat due to reapportionment, that’s still a significant improvement over the current makeup. With 27 representatives from New York at present, the Democrats make up 19 members of the delegation, with Republicans only sending eight representatives to Washington.

    This represents a pretty significant underperformance by the Democrats; according to CNN, the new electoral map in the state “most likely gives Democrats an advantage in 19 districts.” With only 15 wins, if the Republicans have a narrow majority in the House, as they’re projected to, the GOP can thank the Empire State — and, in particular, Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin, who led a spirited challenge against Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul and helped shepherd the Republicans to major gains in New York state. CONTINUE READING…

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