Long Island has turned completely red after Tuesday’s elections, where Republican Ed Romaine won the Suffolk County executive position by a landslide.
According to the New York Post, all of the county seats in Nassau and Suffolk are now held by the GOP.
Romaine picked up over 26,000 more votes than his opponent, indicating changing politics in New York.
His website details his history of going from teaching to becoming a county clerk and then being elected a member of the Suffolk County legislature. He has fought against unnecessary tax hikes and also spearheaded efforts to keep local waters clean and preserve land.
The New York Post reported that former U.S. Sen. Al D’Amato, R-N.Y., called Romane’s win “a political earthquake.”
“The borders are in chaos. There’s nothing for Democrats to come and vote for. And those who are coming to vote are voting for Republicans in local races,” he added.
In addition, Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., described the situation, via the New York Post. He said, “You’ve got independents and blanks [not registered with a party] voting Republican. You’re even seeing Democrats voting Republican.”
“The electorate is not happy with what they see coming out of the city. There are issues like the migrant crisis and cashless bail,” he concluded.
Zeldin celebrated Romaine’s win by posting to X, noting, “Suffolk County just elected its first GOP County Executive in DECADES.”
He then declared, “This is an enormous flip of a Long Island suburb from blue to red!”