re \ come back. Lee Zelden wins Republican nomination for governor of New York

Long Island Representative Lee Zelden clinched the Republican nomination for governor Tuesday night, winning the party’s primary against former White House employee Andrew Giuliani, businessman Harry Wilson and former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.

Zeldin took a 41% to 25.5% lead over Giuliani with 32% of the vote, with many Long Island votes still to be counted. Astorino ranked third with 19.3% and Wilson with 14.4%.

The actor, who won four terms in the race last April, entered the race before any of his competitors, which helped him gain significant advantages through fundraising and endorsements by party officials.

Party leaders gave Zeldin, endorsed by the editorial board, their official support at the Republican state convention held on Long Island more than three months ago.

He also led most polls in the race, including a June 13 poll by Emerson College Polling/PIX11/The Hill that showed Zeldin 34% compared to 16% for Astorino, 15% for Wilson and 13% for Giuliani.

Zelden will run in November’s election alongside former NYPD Deputy Inspector Alison Esposito – who ran unopposed for her party’s running for deputy governor – against Governor Cathy Hochhol.

Republican candidate for governor Lee Zelden.
Long Island Representative Lee Zelden won the Republican nomination for governor.
Tamara Beckwith

Hochhol won her primaries Tuesday night against Representative Tom Suzzi (D-Nau) and New York City Attorney General Juman Williams.

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