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Special election to fill Santos’ Congressional seat will be Feb. 13

Governor Kathy Hochul announced Tuesday that a special election to fill the vacated congressional seat of George Santos will be held on February 13, 2024.

This decision comes after Santos was expelled from the House of Representatives last Friday by a decisive vote of 311-114, marking him as only the sixth House member in U.S. history to be removed from office.

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The process for selecting candidates for the special election will be managed by local party leaders for both the Democratic and Republican parties. This approach is typical for special elections, where party leaders often play a significant role in choosing nominees rather than holding primary elections. This method is expected to streamline the selection process given the short timeframe before the special election.

Santos’ expulsion from Congress follows a series of federal charges leveled against him, including wire fraud, identity theft, lying to federal election officials, money laundering, and embezzling thousands of dollars from campaign donors. In October, Santos pleaded not guilty to the 23 federal charges brought against him. The upcoming special election is set to fill the void left by his departure and restore representation for his district.