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 New York Republicans pick Mazi Melesa Pilip to succeed George Santos

Pilip, a Nassau County legislator and Israeli military veteran, was among 20 candidates interview by party leaders.

By Emily Ngo

12/14/2023 02:27 PM EST

Updated: 12/14/2023 04:57 PM EST

NEW YORK — New York Republicans have nominated Mazi Melesa Pilip as their candidate to run in the special election for the Long Island seat vacated by George Santos.

The GOP pick for the Feb. 13 race will hold a news conference Friday in Massapequa in Nassau County. The party’s choice comes after an intensive vetting process by local leaders determined to redeem themselves after supporting Santos, the ousted congressman indicted on criminal fraud charges.

New York Democrats have chosen former Rep. Tom Suozzi, who had represented the 3rd Congressional District, to run in the special election.

The race in the district straddling Nassau County and Queens is considered a toss-up, one crucial in determining which party controls the House in 2025.

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