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The Special Election to Fill George Santos’s Seat

Good morning. It’s Monday. Election Day is tomorrow for the congressional district that sent George Santos to Washington. We’ll look at the two candidates.

Credit…Stephanie Keith for The New York Times

The special House election tomorrow pits Mazi Pilip, a little-known Nassau County legislator who is running as a Republican, against Tom Suozzi, a Democrat and former three-term congressman. Pilip — who was born in Ethiopia and served in the Israel Defense Forces before coming to the United States — is still registered as a Democrat. Early voting ended on Sunday.

The race has drawn wider attention as a proxy fight for many of the most important issues dividing Washington and the nation. The outcome could affect the strained dynamics in the House, where Republicans hold a 219-to-212 majority. Both parties are looking to this race for an early read on which issues, and which messages, might matter most in November.

I asked my colleague Nicholas Fandos, who has been covering the campaign, to talk about the issues and the candidates.

Why did the migrant crisis become a central issue in this campaign? The number of migrants arriving in New York City has actually been lower in the last few weeks — only 1,500 last week and the week before, less than half the number each week in December.

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