A special election takes place today in New York's 3rd Congressional District in which Republican Nassau County legislator Mazi Pilip will face off against former Democratic congressman Tom Suozzi to replace former Rep. George Santos (R), who was expelled from Congress. The winner will serve the remaining 11 months of Santos' two-year term.
Ethiopian-born Pilip, who served in the Israeli Defense Forces before becoming a US citizen in 2009, has promised to address illegal immigration and tackle the district's high cost of living. Suozzi represented the district for three terms before stepping aside in 2022 for an unsuccessful campaign for governor. He is running as a moderate legislator willing to break with his party. See where the candidates stand on issues here.
The district, which covers parts of Queens and Nassau County, Long Island, encompasses a socially and economically diverse group of voters, with some experts seeing it as an important bellwether for this year's general elections. Republicans currently hold a 219-212 majority in the House, meaning they can afford to lose only three votes on any partisan bill. If Democrats secure the empty seat, it would narrow the lead.