Posted 41 days ago
Rep. Lee Zeldin has won New York’s Republican gubernatorial primary on Tuesday, according to a projection from Decision Desk HQ.
Decision Desk HQ projects Lee Zeldin (@leezeldin) is the winner of the Republican nomination for Governor in New York.
Zeldin defeated a crowded field of Republican challengers, including Andrew Giuliani, the son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Democrat donor Harry Wilson, and Rob Astorino.
Zeldin’s victory on Tuesday night comes after he maintained a double-digit lead across recent polls. The Long Island-based U. S. Representative was considered the clear favorite in the race after winning New York GOP’s nomination at the party’s state convention earlier in the year.
Although former President Donald Trump did not endorse a candidate ahead of Tuesday night’s primary, Zeldin received former Vice President Mike Pence’s endorsement less than one week ago.
When Zeldin began his campaign for New York governor 14 months ago, the race looked much different than it did now. Initially, Zeldin was poised to face former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo if he secured the GOP nomination.
Now, Zeldin will face New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, who became the state’s governor last August after Cuomo resigned in disgrace following sexual harassment allegations. Zeldin will have a lot of fundraising ground to make up going into November, as Hochul is exiting the primaries with a nearly $11 million campaign cash difference.
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