L. t R.: New York State Assmblyman Andrew Garbarino (R-Sayville) and former Babylon Town Councilwoman Jackie Gordon (D-Copiague). Photos courtesy of New York State Assembly and Olivia Vecchio

Democrat and former Babylon Town Councilwoman Jackie Gordon, who was vying to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), conceded the race Wednesday to New York State Assemblyman Andrew Garbarino (R-Sayville).

The race to replace King, a 14-term congressman, was among the most-watched races in the nation as Democrats sought to flip the seat into their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. Garborino had declared victory on election night, but Gordon waited to concede until elections officials counted the unusually large amount of absentee ballots mailed in this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“From the beginning, our campaign has been focused on rejecting division and extremism, exemplifying inclusion, and improving the lives of hardworking Long Islanders here on the South Shore,” Gordon said. “I am deeply humbled by the support and encouragement we have received from voters who share our vision. Although we were not victorious, this race was historic for so many reasons.

“While the gap has continued to narrow dramatically to single digits, it has become apparent that we did not achieve the number of votes needed to win this race,” she continued. “I have called Mr. Garbarino and congratulated him on his victory. However, it is crucial that every vote be counted and that every voice be heard in this election. I have dedicated my entire life to service, and that will continue after this campaign. I am grateful for every single person who took the time to cast their vote and support our campaign.”

The race was not the only one on LI that appeared too close to call after the polls closed on Election Day. U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove) won re-election to his third term after Republican challenger George Santos conceded the race on Tuesday, two weeks after the election.

In another closely watched congressional race on Long Island, U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) declared victory in his bid for a fourth term representing the East End of Long Island against Democratic challenger and Stony Brook University professor Nancy Goroff, who has not conceded.
 

Related Story: Gordon, Garbarino Vie To Replace Retiring Rep. King

Related Story: Zeldin Declares Victory Over Goroff

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