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Nov 9, 2016 11:20 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Lee Zeldin Trumps Anna Throne-Holst To Retain Seat In Congress

Lee Zeldin gives a victory speech at the Emporium in Patchogue. BY GREG WEHNER
Nov 9, 2016 11:54 AM

U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin rode a wave of support for Donald J. Trump across Suffolk County to hold on to his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, scoring a decisive win in the 1st Congressional District over Democratic challenger Anna Throne-Holst.

Mr. Zeldin, a resident of Shirley, won the 1st District with approximately 59 percent of the vote to Ms. Throne-Holst’s 41 percent. The win earns him a second two-year term on Capitol Hill.

Mr. Zeldin’s margin of victory approximately matched forecasts in recent independent polls that showed him with a 21-percentage point lead over Ms. Throne-Holst, the former Southampton Town supervisor. He was the first Republican congressman from the district to win a second term in office since Michael Forbes in 1998.

“I am very humbled and deeply honored for the privilege to be able to represent this amazing district,” Mr. Zeldin said on Tuesday night at the Republican Party’s celebration in Patchogue. “I think what is so important for our country, regardless of who gets elected to the White House, to the U.S. Senate or the House of Representatives, we need to come together more as a country. We, as Americans, need to come together. There’s tension, there’s division, and we need healing, we need unity. I would be honored to be a part of that.”

Ms. Throne-Holst called the opportunity to run for the congressional seat the “privilege of a lifetime.”

“I know none of us wanted tonight to turn out the way it did,” she said at the Democratic Party’s gathering in Hauppauge on Tuesday night, as the results were finalized. “We need to bear in mind that we are about unity. We are about public service. We are about issues that matter. We’re not going to stop here. That’s not who we are. We’re about moving forward.”

Helping carry Mr. Zeldin to victory was robust support among Suffolk County voters for Donald J. Trump to be the next president of the United States. Mr. Trump—Ms. Throne-Holst had repeatedly highlighted Mr. Zeldin’s support for his candidacy during the campaign—won the county with about 52 percent of the vote, though he lost New York State overall. Ms. Clinton won both Southampton and East Hampton towns.

Ms. Throne-Holst won East Hampton Town, carrying all but two election districts in Montauk, and she won most election districts in eastern Southampton Town, save for a handful of districts around Southampton Village, Water Mill and North Sea. But Mr. Zeldin won most of the western Southampton Town districts, except four districts around Quogue and Westhampton Beach villages, Flanders and Riverside.

Mr. Zeldin carried the vast majority of election districts in all of the other towns in the the 1st District.

In other races on the ballot, State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., an Independence Party member, and Republican State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle both won easy reelection to new terms in the State Legislature. Mr. Thiele received 62 percent of the vote; his opponent, Heather Collins, had 37 percent. Mr. LaValle, who has been in the State Senate for 21 years, also won by a broad margin, 67 percent to 33 percent, over Gregory-John Fischer.

Voters in all five East End towns overwhelmingly approved the extension of the Community Preservation Fund through 2050—a result that Mr. Zeldin said spoke volumes about the priorities of East End voters, of all stripes.

“Whether you are a liberal Democrat or a conservative Republican, we are all very much in love with our environment,” he said. “I think the residents of the East End sent a very powerful message that there needs to be an increased investment in our environment, in our land, and in our water. That’s something that is important to all of us.”

Southampton Town Justice Andrea Schiavoni defeated Ernest Wruck to hold on to her seat on the town bench. Ms. Schiavoni secured 67 percent of the vote to 33 percent for Mr. Wruck.

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Even with the East End print media uniformly endorsing AT-H, and our good friend T.Bridge never missing an opportunity to bang the drum for her here, she managed the lowest percentage of any votes in the 1st CD since 2006 when Italo Zanzi (who???) couldn't even pull down 38% against do-nothing Tim Bishop.

I can only imagine that AT-H thought Hilllary was a lock and that the woman's vote would extend down the ballot to the East End.

I can't really get excite about Donald Trump, ...more
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Nov 10, 16 2:01 AM
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Lee should ask Trump to build the wall 10ft higher because of what losers all you libs are
By even flow (1023), East Hampton on Nov 10, 16 7:15 AM
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Wow, it's not just "conservative" gloating. It's juvenile style.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Nov 10, 16 7:25 AM
Don't fret Mr. Z, there is always 2092.

It must be hard to face a future with the threat of making American taxpayers a priority, reducing corruption and more people back to work.
By SlimeAlive (1181), Southampton on Nov 10, 16 8:14 AM
Those are yet to be proven.

What I think the real hilarious thing is how most of the "conservative" posters here have decried and posted their desire to abolish the Electoral College. It has me laughing my [expletive deleted] fanny off.

But hey, it worked out for you this time so your hypocrisy is good to go...
Nov 10, 16 7:05 PM appended by Mr. Z
"The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy." ~ Donald J. Trump
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Nov 10, 16 7:05 PM
All of a sudden libs just can't imagine living without syrian refugees.
By SlimeAlive (1181), Southampton on Nov 10, 16 8:12 AM
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If you check the Suffolk County election results you would see that east of the canal went to Clinton and Throne. Hampton Bays to Patchogue, except for a small area near West Hampton Beach and Quogue, went to Trump and Zeldin.
You can make your own assumptions, but clearly there are more people living west of the canal than east of it. More and more homes on the east end are second homes and not eligible for voting registration. The Zeldin/Trump working class demographic does not dominate the ...more
By deelove (152), Bridgehampton on Nov 10, 16 8:24 AM
You have empty houses in Southampton, Bridgehampton, and East Hampton where not one person votes and three generations of eligible voters living in one house in Shirley, the numbers speak for themselves.
By deelove (152), Bridgehampton on Nov 10, 16 8:29 AM
And Tim Bishop did what?
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Nov 10, 16 4:54 PM
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By fire11 (276), east hampton on Nov 10, 16 7:07 PM
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Nobody likes a troll.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Nov 10, 16 9:52 PM

Looks.like the editor detests trolls as well.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Nov 11, 16 1:38 PM
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By fire11 (276), east hampton on Nov 10, 16 7:10 PM
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"Will you, Mr. Trump, accept the results of the election...?"
-Lester Holt
By SlimeAlive (1181), Southampton on Nov 11, 16 7:12 AM
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Please understand that students set fires, smashed windows, and destroyed property only because the election upset their delicate feelings.
By SlimeAlive (1181), Southampton on Nov 11, 16 7:13 AM
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The "protesters" seem to be a bunch of spoiled freaking brats who have been told NO for the first time in their precious little lives and are having a tantrum. CLASSIC ! Probably still have a shelf full of participation trophies at Mommy and Daddy's house .
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Nov 11, 16 7:02 PM
Win some, lose some. Congratulations and good luck to Lee Zeldin, and good luck also to Anna Throne-Holst. Most of us would rather do anything but run for public office, so it's good that a few offer themselves for the constant stress and indignities of campaigning plus the constant pressure and criticisms of governing. We're fortunate to have these few, winners and losers alike.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Nov 12, 16 5:04 PM