New York City will see wintry weather on Tuesday, which is also Election Day in the race to represent the 3rd Congressional District, a swing seat left vacant after Republican Rep. George Santos was ousted.
Both Democrat Tom Suozzi, who previously represented the district, and Republican Mazzie Pilip, a county legislator, acknowledged the looming weather but showed confidence about their chances in what polls and experts expect could be a close race that offers clues about broader political themes.
“We have very good results in early voting and absentee balloting, and the weather seems to be improving later in the day. And traditionally, they think Republicans come out early and Democrats come out later, so that could happen.” “Be good for us. But who knows,” Susi told reporters outside a bakery in Glen Cove, New York, on Monday morning when asked about the forecast.
Suozzi campaigned on Sunday He urged the residents of the areaThis is in light of the expected weather conditions, to take advantage of the last hours of early voting, which ended that day.
“We are confident that no matter the weather forecast, our people will flock to the polls and send Mazie to Washington,” a spokesperson for the Belep campaign said in a statement.
“Nassau Republicans are energized and eager to support Mazie in this special election,” the spokesman said.
The fast-moving storm will begin dumping rain in New York City on Monday evening, turning to snow at some point during the overnight hours.
Snowfall rates can reach 1 to 2 inches per hour in New York City and 3 inches per hour within New York City, making for a very dangerous morning commute.
Wind speeds will range between 20 and 40 miles per hour, limiting visibility.
Between 4 and 8 inches of snow is expected in New York City and Long Island.
Mayor Eric Adams announced Monday that public schools would be remote Tuesday due to the expected weather, which was on the minds of some voters in the special election as well.
“We decided to vote early, actually, because of the storm that might be coming,” Richard Taubman, who went out with his wife, Rhonda Spergel, told ABC News at a polling station in Plainview, New York, on Sunday.
Taubman, who did not say who he voted for, said he felt positive about both candidates: “They’re both very good. It’s a spirited race… I waited until the last minute to make the decision.”
According to early voting numbers so far, 9,064 people have cast ballots in Queens County and 57,730 people have voted in Nassau County, officials said.
The district includes parts of both Queens and Nassau.
ABC News’ Kenton Gewick and Emily Shapiro contributed to this report.
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