Long Island Assemblyman Lee Zeldin clinched the Republican nomination for governor Tuesday night, winning the party primary over former White House aide Andrew Giuliani, businessman Harry Wilson and former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.
Zeldin had a 41% to 25.5% lead over Giuliani with 32% of the votes counted, with many more votes still to be counted on Long Island. Astorino was third with 19.3% and Wilson with 14.4%.
The four-year-old Representative entered the race ahead of all his rivals last April, which helped him gain huge advantages through fundraisers and support from party officials.
Party leaders gave their formal endorsement to Zeldin, who was endorsed by the Post’s editorial staff, at the GOP state convention held on Long Island more than three months ago.
He also led most of the polls in the race, including a June 13 poll by Emerson College Polling/PIX11/The Hill that showed Zeldin at 34% compared to 16% for Astorino, 15% for Wilson and 13% for Giuliani.
Zeldin will run alongside former NYPD Deputy Inspector Alison Esposito – who ran unopposed for her party’s nomination for Lieutenant Governor – against Gov. Kathy Hochul in November’s election.
Hochul won her own primary Tuesday night against Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Nassau) and New York public advocate Jumaane Williams.
https://nypost.com/2022/06/28/rep-lee-zeldin-clinches-gop-nomination-for-ny-governor/ Rep. Lee Zeldin secures GOP nomination for New York governor