With 10,863 ballots cast, just 29 votes separate candidates in the First Congressional District Democrat Primary held yesterday. And with 1,600 absentee ballots to be counted, it'll be weeks before one of these liberal lefties limps across the finish line and is granted the dubious distinction of facing U.S. Army Major and Congressman Lee Zeldin in November's General Election.
When you compare Democrats' 2016 1st CD Primary to Republicans' 2014 1st CD Primary, the numbers tell you something about the excitement that each of the candidates draws... or doesn't. In 2014, Lee Zeldin won his Republican Primary with a whopping 10,283 votes. In 2016, the eventual victor of the Democrat Primary for Congress will barely exceed 6,000 votes.
I can't say I'm surprised by the East End's lack of enthusiasm in the establishment candidates offered by local and national Democrats. Despite all of her supposed popularity in New York, Hillary Clinton received just 52% of the vote in the 1st CD Democrat Presidential Primary. By contrast, Donald Trump won the same district with 73% of the vote.
So, as County Democrats struggle with their lackluster Congressional candidates and ineffective voter turnout machine, you can be proud that we have leaders like Congressman Lee Zeldin who continue to answer the call to serve our great Nation and inspire us with great pride in our Country.