NEW YORK – Nicole Malliotakis joins the Greek-Americans in the Congress after her apparent big victory in the 11th District in New York. U.S. Representatives Dina Titus, Charlie Christ, Gus Bilirakis, John Sarbanes, and Chris Pappas also prevailed. On the state level, in New York, Senator Michael Gianaris and in Rhode Island Senator Leonidas Raptakis both won in unopposed races, while John-Alexander Sakelos leads in a surprising race for the New York State Assembly. Incumbent New York State Senator James Skoufis is leading in his district, but Senator Andrew Gounardes is currently trailing his Republican opponent with mail-in ballots still being counted.
In particular, the results are as follows:
In New York’s 11th District, Congressional candidate Nicole Malliotakis leads with a 15 percentage point difference against her opponent, incumbent Democrat Rep. Max Rose.
In New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District, incumbent Democrat Chris Pappas defeated Republican Matt Mowers by a margin of 7 percentage points in the early hours of the morning. Rep. Pappas is the first incumbent to win re-election in the state in a decade.
In Florida’s 12th District, Gus Bilirakis received over 60% of the vote against his opponent, the Democratic Kimberly Walker being limited to close to 37%.
Malliotakis declared victory a little over an hour after polls closed.
“I need to thank President Trump for his strong support and endorsement,” she told cheering supporters. “Today Staten Island and Southern Brooklyn sent a loud and clear message. And that message will resonate from the halls of City Hall to the halls of Congress.”
In Florida’s 13th District, Democratic Greek-Cypriot Rep. Charlie Crist (originally Christodoulou) won re-election with 53% of the vote, against his Republican opponent Anna Paulina Luna.
In Maryland’s 3rd District, Democrat John Sarbanes comfortably defeated his Republican opponent, Charles Anthony.
In Nevada's 1st District, Democrat Dina Titus won by a wide margin over her Republican opponent, Joyce Bentley.
In Oregon’s 4th District, the Republican candidate for Congress, Alek Skarlatos, one of the three Americans who thwarted a terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train in Paris in 2015, lost to the incumbent Democrat Peter DeFazio who received 51.6% of the vote in a close race.
In the New York State elections, Assembly District 64 Greek Cypriot-American Republican Michael Tannousis received a percentage of over 60% to win the seat previously held by Nicole Malliotakis. Democratic candidate Brandon Patterson conceded on election night as Tannousis had already built a big lead with 90% of the votes counted.
In the 26th Assembly District, Republican newcomer John-Alexander Sakelos leads with 52% against the incumbent Democrat Edward Braunstein with 48% in a surprising race.
James Skoufis was re-elected in the 39th District of the State Senate in New York. Meanwhile, Andrew Gounardes is trailing his Italian-American opponent, Vito Bruno, in the 22nd District of the State Senate.
Gounardes told supporters during a Zoom meeting that “the race is far from over and there are 13,000 absentee ballots to be counted,” according to the Brooklyn Reporter (BR).
“We are still going to wait for a couple of polls to come in in areas that we have done very well in and have still not reported, and once those numbers show up, we will have a sense of where we stand,” Gounardes said, BR reported, adding that “the bottom line here, just like every other election, is we want to make sure every vote is counted, and for those of you who are veterans of team Gounardes, we know that we’ve been through this before, you know that in 2018 we had to wait about two weeks before we were able to certify our election. We had to go to paper. We had to make sure that every vote is counted then and we have to make sure that every vote is counted now.”
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, speaks at the Staten Island Republican Party headquarters in the New Dorp neighborhood of Staten Island, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in New York. (Alexandra Salmieri/Staten Island Advance via AP)
In New York State Senate District 2 on Long Island, Democratic candidate and former State Trooper Mike Siderakis was defeated by Republican Mario Mattera, a former local union leader who replaces former state Senate Minority Leader John Flanagan, who “left the chamber abruptly over the summer,” City and State New York reported.
Republican George Mitris, running for Congress in New York’s 25th District, trails incumbent Democrat Joseph Morelle.
Republican and self-described right-leaning libertarian, Peter Hatzipetros, a 32-year native of Howard Beach, running for New York State Assembly in the 23rd District of Queens, trails with 42% of the vote against incumbent Democrat Pheffer Amato who received 58% of the vote so far.
Petros Papanicolaou the Republican challenger trails with 29% of the vote against incumbent Democrat John McDonald who received 63% in the New York State Assembly race for the 108th District.
In New York’s 126th Assembly District, Republican John Lemondes, Jr. leads with 61% of the vote against Democrat Dia Carabajal.
In Massachusetts’ State House race for the 5th Barnstable District, Republican Steven Xiarhos leads with 53% of the vote over Democrat James Dever. Xiarhos spent 40 years as a Yarmouth police officer, and said that “his campaign boils down to allowing businesses to reopen safely and offering them support throughout the pandemic,” Patch.com reported.