But the big winners on the night are DeSantis, the FL GOP, and actually the NY GOP even though Zeldin lost. The big losers are Trump, Sean Patrick Maloney, the MAGA movement, and retreaded Democrats (Beto, Stacey Abrams, and Charlie Crist)
I wouldn’t consider the NY GOP a winner just yet. If they break the Dem supermajorities in the State Senate and Legislature, then yes, but some elections are too close to call. They did well with the federal congressional elections in suburban NYC and should be applauded for that, but I wouldn’t give platitudes until the state-level races are determined.
And Zeldin was an awful candidate. He wasn’t electable in NY and not because he’s Republican, but because he wasn’t likable. He came across as angry and he couldn’t commit to abortion rights, which scared off a lot of women. He was also too close to Trump and his congressional voting record was abysmal for NY, especially his district which has been negatively affected by the SALT deduction cap. I couldn’t in good conscience vote for him because of that and his closeness to Trump, but I didn’t vote for Hochul either.
Finally, if you want to blame someone, blame NY state senate leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. She botched the redistricting by getting too greedy, got sued, which resulted in a Cuomo-appointed judge forcing fairer redistricting. Oddly enough, she was one of the key figures in Cuomo’s ouster, so it’s ironic he indirectly got his revenge. Furthermore, her failed bail reform policy, leading to an increase in crime, drove many suburban NYC voters to the GOP. Her outright refusal to even consider making changes to it just showcases her incompetence and hubris even though a Dem mayor begged her to scrap it and warned it would cause them problems. She needs to go or else the Dems are in trouble in two years.