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Shadow Race to Replace Has Begun…

Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyRep. George Santos hasn’t resigned. He hasn’t even publicly said that he won’t run for re-election in 2024. But the shadow race to replace him has already begun.In New York’s 3rd Congressional District, which Santos continues to represent despite growing calls to step down, political operators on both sides of the aisle are plotting their next moves.Republicans are clamoring to find a candidate with an immaculate, bulletproof résumé who can patch up the Long Island GOP’s scarred reputation. Democrats are looking for someone who can lead their comeback—an emboldened move to flip the district back to blue after Santos dyed it red.The timing is complicated. Santos could resign any day now. And if he did, it’d spark a special election, where party leaders would pick their own candidates. Santos has remained adamant he won’t resign unless all 142,673 voters who voted for him call on him to do so—a purposefully impossible goalpost to track.George Santos’ Mom Wasn’t Even in the U.S. on 9/11If Santos doesn’t resign and serves out his full term, that’d only buy him roughly a year before a primary circuit in the district would begin, when hordes of Democrats and Republicans would openly vie to replace him.Because nobody knows exactly how long Santos will last—especially amid local, state, federal and international investigations into his corruption—potential successors and their backers are left on their toes. And their names are left floating in the ether.On the Democratic side, it’s a hodge-podge …

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