In June, Mr. Ross participated in a demonstration on Staten Island to protest the death of George Floyd. His involvement became the focus of Ms. Malliotakis’s campaign, enabling her to accuse Mr. Rose of supporting efforts to pay the police.
Richard Flanagan, a professor of political science at Staten Island University, said: “She took advantage of Rose’s humble attitude and made full use of the fact that he participated in the BLM rally, and played very hard with the community on the South Bank. it is good.”
Mr. Ross described his participation in this protest as a symbol of unity.
Regarded as anti-police, in this regard, anti-Trump may have hurt Mr. Ross in conservative areas, even though he has slightly more registered Democratic voters than Republicans. Democrats have held this position for most of the past 75 years. In the past decade, two Republicans, Michael Grimm and Dan Donovan, have won the presidency.
Ms. Mariotakis, 39, is a first-time Senate member, and her name is fully recognized: in addition to working in the state legislature, she also ran for mayor of New York City in 2017.
In an interview one day after election day, she said: “The city has moved a lot to the left, which makes many people in our community feel uncomfortable.” “I will express my voice from a different perspective. This is your good The place of policy-when you debate and hope to end up in the middle.”
She connected Mr. Ross with his more progressive colleagues in her campaign, including Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, representing Alexandria Ocasio Cortes and Mayor Alexandre Blasio .