Lee Zeldin Defeats George Demos in Republican Primary for Congress

New York State Senator Lee Zeldin.
New York State Senator Lee Zeldin. Photo credit: zeldinforcongress.com

With all districts reporting, Lee Zeldin has trounced George Demos in the Republican congressional primary.

Zeldin, a New York State senator, took 62% of the vote, while Demos received 38%. Zeldin now advances to the general election, to challenge Congressman Tim Bishop.

This will be Zeldin and Bishop’s second matchup. They first faced off in 2008, when Zeldin was a political novice. Zeldin, of Shirley, earned 42% of the vote. Bishop was re-elected with 58%.

Since then, Zeldin was elected to the state Senate twice, and Bishop twice fended off challenges from Randy Altschuler.

In addition to being a state Senator, Zeldin, 34, is a major in the Army Reserves. He holds a law degree from Albany Law School.

Bishop, 64, is six-term incumbent Democrat. Before entering politics, he was provost of Southampton College.

Lee Zeldin 9654
George Demos 5880
Write-in 25

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