The two candidates were picked by local parties in New York City and Long Island to replace Santos, who became the sixth person to ever be expelled from the House in December after lawmakers successfully voted him out. Santos, a Republican, faces a 23-count federal indictment for fraud and campaign finance violations and has pleaded not guilty.

Before Santos was expelled from the House, Suozzi announced in October that he would be making a comeback bid to Congress. Instead of running for a fourth House term two years ago, Suozzi unsuccessfully primaried New York Gov. Kathy Hochul.

Pilip is
a registered Democrat, despite having won local elections as a Republican, POLITICO discovered.

The winner of next week’s election will complete Santos’ unexpired term, which ends at the beginning of next year.

Siena College surveyed 694 likely voters between Feb. 3-6. Voters were interviewed by phone, contacted off a list of registered voters in the district.

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