Rep. Peter King, the Republican incumbent for the U.S. House of Representatives from Seaford, has been re-elected by a large majority of Long Island voters, defeated Democratic candidate Vivianne Falcone of West Islip.
As of 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, King led 55 percent to 44.6 percent in Suffolk, with 94percent of the precincts reporting. In Nassau, King led 72 percent to 28 percent with about 25 percent of precincts reporting.
King already recognized his large lead and announced his victory via Facebook. "A huge thank you to everyone for their support," King wrote. "I look forward to representing the new 2nd Congressional District for the next two years."
King, who was first elected to office in the Second Congressional District in 1992, has represented areas on Long Island and served twice as the Chairman of the United States House Committee on Homeland Security.
King has often been outspoken about terrorism, especially following the September 11, 2001, attacks.
Falcone is a West Islip teacher and has served as an adjunct instructor for the Developmental Studies Program (EOC) at SUNY Farmingdale and was an alternate school teacher at Bellport High School. She was a founding member of Partners Advancing West Islip Students (PAWS) and has participated in the West Islip PTA, Girl Scouts, and St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in West Babylon.