New York has been the slowest state in the nation to count votes from November’s election. But on Friday, a month after Election Day, nearly complete results have been reported and Oak Park native Nancy Goroff has come up short in her attempt to win a seat in Congress representing the eastern half of Long Island. 

With 99 percent of the vote counted Goroff, a Democrat, trails incumbent Republican Lee Zeldin. Zeldin has received 54.8 percent of the vote to 45.1 precent for Goroff. The OPRF grad is a chemistry professor at the Stony Brook campus of the State University of New York.

The result is a disappointment to Democrats who had hoped to flip the seat in New York’s 1st Congressional District. Goroff ran a strong campaign raising nearly $6 million, including a $1,150,000 loan from herself to her campaign. Goroff won a close primary in June to become the Democrat nominee.

House races nationwide were a disappointment to Democrats as the Republicans have gained 10 seats in the House with two more races still too close to call.

Goroff could not be reached immediately for comment.

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