Wintry Nor’easter Threatens Election Night Turnout In NY For Santos House Seat

FILE - Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., speaks to reporters outside the Capitol, as his top political aide Vish Burra, second from right, listens, after an effort to expel Santos from the House, in Washington, Wednesday, May 17, 2023. A man who briefly worked as an aide to Santos told House investigators Wednesday, May 31, that he got his job after sending a series of payments to Burra, Santos' director of operations. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

A winter storm with predictions of as much as 8 inches of snow in the Northeast could limit turnout Tuesday in the close special election for the seat previously held by ousted New York GOP Rep. George Santos.

The race between Republican Mazi Pilip and Democrat Tom Suozzi is reportedly neck-and-neck.

The open seat is in the state’s Third Congressional District, which covers much of Nassau County and parts of northern Queens.

“As close as this race has been and after the millions of dollars that have been spent, the election might be decided by the weather gods,” Lawrence Levy, dean of the national center of suburban studies at Hofstra University and a longtime observer of Long Island politics, told the New York Post.

Some said the storm could give Suozzi, a former three-term congressman, an edge because thousands more Democrats than Republicans have turned out during the nine days of early voting.