Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado emerged victorious in the state’s No. 2 Democratic primary despite spirited challenges from activist Anna Maria Archila and former city councilman Diana Reyna.
Delgado had a 61% to 25% lead over the AOC-backed Archila when the AP called it the race just before 10 p.m.[رينا]lagging far behind 14%.
A major component of his success was having a multi-million war that was several times greater than the six-figure sum that Archila and Rena had to spend on the race.
His victory also comes after the founding of the party, and organized labor and business interests rallied behind his candidacy after the fall of his disgraced predecessor Brian Benjamin.
Benjamin resigned in April after his federal arrest for alleged involvement in a bribery scheme related to his failed 2019 campaign for city watchdog.
Delgado, a former congressman representing parts of the Hudson Valley and Catskills, took office one month later.
He has pledged to have a member of the House take the lead from Hochhol, who has pushed lawmakers to pass legislation allowing Benjamin’s name to be removed from the initial ballot.
Archila, who had the support of the Working Families Progressive Party, had campaigned to turn the office into a statewide bully for left-handed reasons, but ultimately failed in the effort.