Lee Zeldin’s support among Jews significantly impacted other races in the state, even though he lost the election.
Several Republican candidates, particularly in orthodox Jewish neighborhoods, defeated prominent Democrats.
As the race for the majority in the House of Representatives heats up, Mike Lawler’s surprising surprise victory in Rockland may give the Republicans the upper hand.
It seems that Republicans pulled off a string of surprise upsets thanks to the emotional support for Zeldin from traditional leaders, which resulted in a massive turnout.
New York politicians have courted longtime Orthodox Jewish voters in Brooklyn, Orange, and Rockland counties.
The neighborhood showed its fortitude on Tuesday.
Jews played a significant role in the loss of Democrats in Brooklyn and the Hudson Valley, including longtime Assemblymen Steven Cymbrowitz and Peter Abbate.
After supporting Zeldin, Jews supported GOP candidates further down the ballot.
David Lobl, formerly the governor of New York’s chief Jewish affairs liaison, told NY1 News, “I think there was a lot of that.”
People chose Zeldin as an outlet for their resentment and moved down the ballot.
Jewish communities in the Hudson Valley may have made a difference in Sean Patrick Maloney’s surprising defeat in the DCCC chairman race. Maloney’s opponent, Lawler, visited the community alongside Zeldin.