Election Day 2020 turned out to be a wild one.
As of midnight on Tuesday, tens of thousands of absentee ballots remained to be counted, making projecting winners in any number of races for Congress and the State Legislature tricky, if not impossible.
U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice, a Democrat representing the 4th Congressional District, was re-elected, cinching 52 percent of the vote to 47 percent for her opponent, Republican Douglas Tuman.
“Serving the people of New York’s 4th Congressional District is the greatest privilege of my life, and I am eager to continue fighting for Long Island in Congress,” Rice said. “I believe we can move forward from this election stronger and more unified. Long Islanders and Americans of all political backgrounds want an end to the dysfunction in Washington, and we can only achieve that if we work together.”
Meanwhile, State Assemblyman John Mikulin, a Republican representing the 17th District, was re-elected with 58.8 percent of the vote, to 31.4 percent for his challenger, Mark Engelman.
“I’m very happy with the results, and I’d like to thank the people of the 17th Assembly District,” Mikulin said. “I think it was a very good night for Nassau County.”
Mikulin said his priorities moving forward include cleaning up the Northrop Grumman plume, focusing on quality-of-life issues like road repairs and repealing bail reform.
“I’m happy to receive the overwhelming support of my constituents,” he said. “I thank them profusely, and I look forward to serving them for another two years.”
In the 6th Senate District, Republican challenger Dennis Dunne unseated State Sen. Kevin Thomas, a Democrat from Levittown. Dunne had 54 percent of the vote to Thomas’s 46 percent, according to the State Board of Elections.
As the Herald went to press Wednesday morning, the presidential race pitting Donald Trump against Joe Biden remained undecided, with key battleground states — Pennsylavania, Michigan and Wisconsin, along with Arizona, Nevada and Georgia — still furiously counting votes. The presidency, according to the pundits, may not be decided until Friday.