CASTLETON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—A “red tsunami” will sweep the country in these midterm elections as Republicans win back control over Congress, predicts Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.).
Republicans are on track to gain enough seats that will allow them to take back the House, if not both chambers of Congress.
Speaking shortly before a Nov. 3 rally for her colleague, gubernatorial candidate Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), Stefanik said she is “very excited about the red tsunami that is about to come.”
“Joe Biden is going to get a resounding pushback to his failed agenda,” Stefanik, who also chairs the House Republican Conference, told The Epoch Times. “This is a referendum on failed Democrat rule and Democrats are going to face historic losses across the country.”
In the upstate rural town of Castleton-on-Hudson, about 10 miles away from the state capital Albany, the congresswoman projected confidence that the same frustration she observes at the national level will fuel voters in gubernatorial races, and in turn help Zeldin in a tightening race against incumbent Democrat Gov. Kathy Hochul.
The rally drew an energized crowd of over 1,000, and the Republican candidate seized upon the turnout as a sign of his momentum.
“You can pack every single Kathy Hochul rally with every headliner—Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton—every single one of them can be packed into tonight’s rally, and we’ve now seen that for several days in a row,” Zeldin told reporters. “People are so ready to fire Kathy Hochul. People are energized to be able to restore balance to Albany, they want to restore balance to Washington.”
Zeldin and his supporters were in high spirits on Thursday night with brightening prospects of flipping red a state that has long been a Democrat stronghold. New York’s last Republican governor was George Pataki, who won his third and final term in 2002.
“We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to save our state. That’s why you’re seeing energy and enthusiasm and momentum on our side,” said Stefanik. “Lee Zeldin is on pace to make history.”
By Eva Fu