Nick LaLota won the Republican primary Tuesday night for the First Congressional District, defeating two other candidates, Michelle Bond, who was supported by Donald Trump Jr. and Sen. Ted Cruz, and Anthony Figliola. LaLota will face off against Democrat Bridget Fleming in November, hoping to succeed US Rep. Lee Zeldin, who is running for governor, in the newly drawn district. LaLota has been endorsed by local Republican organizations.
Wednesday night, Republicans, including at least two who supported LaLota’s opponent, will be gathering at a private residence in Suffolk County for a Zeldin fundraiser featuring former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, and Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, as speakers.
It wasn’t immediately known whether LaLota would be attending the event.
Meantime, the national parties cheered on primary winners and immediately began criticizing their general election opponents, with emails that began arriving Tuesday night just before midnight. Democrats said, “New York’s First Congressional District is setting up one of the most competitive races across the entire state.”