re \ come back. Lee Zelden wins Republican gubernatorial primary in New York

Representative Lee Zeldin snatched victory in the Republican gubernatorial primary in New York late Tuesday, as he emerged on top after a fierce campaign against a group of challengers including the mayor’s son, Rudy Giuliani.

The Associated Press declared Zeldin, a Long Island Republican who was an early supporter of former President Donald Trump in Congress, the winner at about 10:30 p.m.

He hopes to become the first Republican governor of the Empire State in more than two decades. New York has not elected a Republican governor since George Pataki’s re-election in 2002.

It’s a tough path for an incumbent Democrat in a state where registered Democrats outnumber Republican voters by more than 2 to 1.

Zeldin was the state Republican Party’s top pick early in the race, winning the support of party leaders at the February convention held on Long Island.

His position as a front runner became less certain as the race continued and Andrew Giuliani apparently gained momentum through name recognition alone.

Recent polls have suggested that the Long Island attorney and former state senator only led Giuliani by a 7% margin.

An online survey conducted by SurveyUSA in mid-June favored Giuliani the most, showing he trails Zeldin by only two points.

Andrew Giuliani, a former Trump White House staffer and son of former mayor Rudy Giuliani, has interrupted state campaigns in Republican strongholds on his father’s side.

The race began when the elder Giuliani made his own headlines for his involvement in former President Donald Trump’s failed bid to nullify the 2020 election.

Testimony during a hearing of the House Committee to Investigate the Capitol Rebellion on Tuesday revealed that the former mayor asked Trump for a pardon for the January 6 attack.

While the younger Giuliani has little actual political experience on his résumé, his father repeatedly sponsored him during his election campaign.

The 78-year-old said during a Facebook video that was recorded after he claimed he was assaulted by a Staten Island grocery worker and called him in the back over the weekend.

Zeldin, a veteran and reservist and one of Trump’s first congressional supporters, was treated as the party’s presumptive nominee early on after gaining support from a clear majority of GOP district leaders shortly after his candidacy was announced.

Deputy Governor Allison Esposito, a former deputy inspector of the New York Police Department, approved the party’s nomination again in February and faced no primary challengers.

Entrepreneur Harry Wilson got into the game late, financed his campaign himself and positioned himself as an outside spoiler who could bring the hedge fund mentality to Albany. In two recent debates, Zeldin and Giuliani Wilson, who nearly won the 2010 Comptroller’s race, have been painted as a convincing Democrat.

“You’re on the wrong debating stage, man,” Zelden said after calling Wilson a “lightramper” and “a Republican in name only.”

Bad Blood also appeared in ridiculous digital ads as well as in the courts after Wilson sued Zeldin over alleged campaign finance violations, arguing that the congressman was backtracking on funds earmarked for the post-trial.

Rob Astorino, the former Westchester County Executive, who lost a general election to former Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2014 as well as in last year’s Senate race, did not appear to gain any traction despite his past popularity within the party.

The Quartet has campaigned on similar platforms, attacking Democrats over crime, New York’s cashless bail system and the economy. But the infighting started early as the four attacked each other over Trump’s support – or lack thereof.

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